Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau Play Cowboys and Aliens

2 09 2009

After having so much fun together working on Iron Man and its sequel Jon Favreau has apparently joined Robert Downey Jr. on an adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens. According to the new blog at The Hollywood Reporter, the director has joined the Dreamworks/Universal project which RDJ has been attached to for over a year. It’s only fair that as soon as Eric goes on vacation one of his favorite actor-director combos decide to work together again.

The sci-fi comic turns the old western cliché of “Cowboys and Indians” on its head and replaces stereotypical Native American characters with extraterrestrials in 19th century Arizona. A copy of the 2006 graphic novel can be found online here for reference. This is a project that has been in development for over a decade moving from Dreamworks to Columbia in the 90s and finally back to the Universal studio.

Joining Favreau and Downey on the project doing script re-writes are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who are also executive producers for the film. I guess J.J. Abrams wasn’t available to fill the sci-fi/comic book trifecta, but Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof is on board to cover all bases. Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus who wrote 2008’s Iron Man contributed the original screenplay.

I’m a little nervous that this is starting to sound like too many cooks in the kitchen, but Cowboys and Aliens should still be one to watch.

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