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Favreau to play COWBOYS & ALIENS with Downey Jr.?

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
September 1st, 2009

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Most of us know know Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau's partnership from last summer's IRON MAN and the upcoming IRON MAN 2. Looks like they might be pairing up again, and this time it will be for COWBOYS & ALIENS.

RDJ has been attached to COWBOYS & ALIENS since last summer, and according to Variety, Jon Favreau wants a piece.

J.J. Abrams' boys Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the scribes behind STAR TREK and both TRANSFORMERS) are writing the script for COWBOYS & ALIENS, which is "set in the Old West, where cowboys and Native Americans battle in Arizona, until a space ship crashes and a new enemy emerges, equipped with superior technology." The movie will be an adaptation of the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. DreamWorks/Universal now has the rights to the film, and the producing credits will scroll with the names Brian Grazer (Imagine Entertainment), Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Platinum Studios CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

That's some heavy names backing the film. Expect something really, really good.

Fun Fact: Universal/Dreamworks bought the rights back in 1997, with Steve Oedekerk (writer/director/actor, KUNG POW) on board to write and direct. The project then moved to Columbia Pictures and Escape Artists, then back to Uni/Dreamworks. Since then, the script has passed through a least seven writers.

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