Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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    • Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

      COWBOYS & ALIENS

      DIRECTED BY JON FAVREAU
      PRODUCED BY RON HOWARD/STEVEN SPIELBERG
      A JON FAVREAU FILM
      DREAMWORKS PICTURES
      RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT
      UNIVERSAL PICTURES

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      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a ...
      Written by Universal Pictures

      Cast
      Daniel Craig ... Jake Lonergan
      Abigail Spencer ... Alice
      Buck Taylor ... Wes Claiborne
      Matthew Taylor ... Luke Claiborne (as Matt Taylor)
      Cooper Taylor ... Mose Claiborne
      Clancy Brown ... Meacham
      Paul Dano ... Percy Dolarhyde
      Chris Browning ... Jed Parker
      Adam Beach ... Nat Colorado
      Sam Rockwell ... Doc
      Ana de la Reguera ... Maria (as Ana De La Reguera)
      Noah Ringer ... Emmett Taggart
      Brian Duffy ... Deputy
      Olivia Wilde ... Ella Swenson
      Keith Carradine ... Sheriff John Taggart
      Brendan Wayne ... Charlie Lyle
      Gavin Grazer ... Ed
      Toby Huss ... Roy Murphy
      Wyatt Russell ... Little Mickey
      Jimmy Jatho ... Saloon Patron
      Harrison Ford ... Woodrow Dolarhyde
      Kenny Call ... Greavy
      Walton Goggins ... Hunt
      Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Bronc
      Garret Noël ... Gang Member (as Garret James Noel)
      David O'Hara ... Pat Dolan
      Troy Gilbert ... Red
      Chad Randall ... Bull McCade
      Scout Schoenfeld Hendrickson ... Jake's Gang Member (as Scout Hendrickson)
      Raoul Max Trujillo ... Black Knife (as Raoul Trujillo)
      David Midthunder ... Apache Warrior 1
      Mo Brings Plenty ... Apache Warrior 2 (as Moses Brings Plenty)
      Phillip Pike ... Apache Singer
      Calum Blaylock ... Apache Singer
      Paul Ortega ... Medicine Man
      Nathaniel Chee ... Apache Dancer
      Robyn Simmons ... Apache Dancer
      Simon Choneska ... Apache Dancer
      David Chee ... Apache Dancer
      Vonda Tso ... Apache Dancer
      Lariat Geronimo ... Apache Dancer
      Freddie Apache ... Apache Dancer
      Oliver Enjady ... Apache Dancer
      Hoyle Osborne ... Pianist
      Rex Rideout ... Fiddler
      and many, many more...

      Directed
      Jon Favreau

      Writing Credits
      Roberto Orci ... (screenplay) &
      Alex Kurtzman ... (screenplay) &
      Damon Lindelof ... (screenplay) and
      Mark Fergus ... (screenplay) &
      Hawk Ostby ... (screenplay)
      Mark Fergus ... (screen story) &
      Hawk Ostby ... (screen story) and
      Steve Oedekerk ... (screen story)
      Scott Mitchell Rosenberg ... (Platinum Studios comic book)

      Produced
      Bobby Cohen ... executive producer
      Jon Favreau ... executive producer
      Daniel Forcey ... co-producer (as Dan Forcey)
      Karen Gilchrist ... co-producer
      Brian Grazer ... producer
      Randy Greenberg ... executive producer
      K.C. Hodenfield ... co-producer
      Ron Howard ... producer
      Ryan Kavanaugh ... executive producer
      Alex Kurtzman ... producer
      Roberto Orci ... producer
      Scott Mitchell Rosenberg ... producer
      Steven Spielberg ... executive producer
      Denis L. Stewart ... executive producer
      Chris Wade ... co-producer

      Music
      Harry Gregson-Williams

      Cinematography
      Matthew Libatique ... director of photography

      Trivia
      Director Jon Favreau was constantly harassed with demands to shoot/convert the film in 3-D, but he held his ground, claiming Westerns should only be shot on film.

      Daniel Craig was chosen because of his distinct likeness to Steve McQueen, who starred in the cowboy epic The Magnificent Seven (1960).

      Daniel Craig recommended Eva Green for the role of Ella after working with her in Casino Royale (2006). However, Eva turned the role down and Olivia Wilde, who'd auditioned for Eva's Bond role of Vesper Lynd, was cast.

      Robert Downey Jr. was set to play Zeke Jackson (a "former Union army gunslinger"), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Within the month, the character was then re-named Jake Lonergan, re-written to be an outlaw, and Downey, Jr. was replaced with Daniel Craig.

      The filmmakers cite Alien (1979) and Predator (1987) as an influence on the look of aliens in the film.

      The fabric used to make Ella's dress had originally been considered for Hailee Steinfeld's wardrobe in True Grit (2010) but had been deemed too feminine for that movie.

      Harrison Ford wanted to go bareheaded in the film and not wear a hat (he is most famous for his performance in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, where Jones wore a fedora), but since it was a Western film he was convinced to wear a hat. In American Graffiti (1973), Harrison Ford was asked to cut his hair (to go bareheaded with a period haircut) for the film. He refused, stating that his role was too short, and offered to wear a hat instead.

      This is DreamWorks's third comic-book adaptation, after Road to Perdition (2002) and Over the Hedge (2006).

      Steven Spielberg screened The Searchers (1956) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) for Roberto Orci and Jon Favreau so that they could get the atmosphere of the film.

      As with most films distributed by Universal Pictures, there is a brief promo after the end credits for Universal Studios. However, the promo used at the end of this movie uses the decidedly 1960s era ad to promote the Universal Studios back lot tour in Hollywood, California. This promo was replaced in 1990 when Universal Studios opened a second location in Orlando, Florida and changed its logo.

      Cowboys and Aliens director Jon Favreau starred in The Big Empty in 2003. In one of the last lines of the film, Kelsey Grammer dismisses Favreau's account of the events that had occurred as a tale "of Cowboys and Aliens."

      Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman described the film as "Unforgiven (1992) with aliens landing."

      With this film Harrison Ford has shared the screen with the first and latest actors who have played the James Bond role: Daniel Craig in this film and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

      An early draft of the screenplay was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

      Steve Oedekerk was originally set to write and direct the film but dropped out. He does still receive a story credit for the final film.

      The film had been in development hell for over a decade, with it's original idea conception dating back to 1997. The film was pushed back for years, and several big named actors were attached to the project at one point, such as Robert Downey Jr, Jackie Chan, Kurt Russell, Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Mr. T, Chuck Norris, and Bruce Willis, before dropping out and being replaced. Directors Steve Oedekerk, Joe Johnston, and Ron Underwood, as well as several others, were also attached to the project at one point in time.

      Director Cameo
      Jon Favreau: (at around 19 mins) his mugshot can be seen as the sheriff notices and takes off the wanted poster of Jake Lonergan.

      Spoilers .
      In the final scene of the movie, a "Southland Ice Company" ice wagon is shown. Southland Ice Company is the predecessor company to 7-11 stores.

      Body count: 34.

      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      When dynamite is about to be lit they grab a matchbox made of cardboard, up until well into the 20th century (around the 1940s) matchboxes were made of wood.

      Dollarhyde gives a knife to young Emmett that he claims he obtained as a boy. The knife is obviously stainless steel. Stainless steel wasn't invented until 1904 and didn't become available to the public until decades after that.

      When Jake Lonergan asked Sheriff Taggart what he was being charged with, one of his charges is "hijacking," a word first coined in the 1920s.

      When Jake is looking up through the hole in the roof of his house, there are two crossed boards held together by a screw with a recessed head. The square or Phillips headed screws were not invented until the early 1900s.

      Bronc (the Mexican in the gang) proposes to travel to Puerto Vallarta. In 1873 Puerto Vallarta was called Las Peñas. The name changed in 1918.

      Sheriff John Taggart identifies himself as Emmett Taggart's maternal grandfather ("Your ma's buried here, and you know I don't want to leave my little girl."), and the boy's father is supposedly still alive. If so, then the Sheriff and Emmett should have different last names.

      Continuity
      When Jake is riding towards his house, the scene is a long shot but it can be seen very obviously that the bracelet is missing from his arm. In the following shot the bracelet is suddenly back on his arm.

      The three cowboys Lonergan meets after first waking up appear very dirty and sweaty, and all of their equipment is old and used. The cowboy hat he later takes from one of them is obviously new, as it doesn't appear dirty and doesn't have a sweat salt stain where it would rest on one's head.

      After escaping the mine, both Jake and Woodrow are covered in dirt. In the next take, they are clean.

      After the first Alien attack at roughly 45:20 into the movie when Jake Lonergan rides after the Aliens on his own, his bracelet is seen missing for a few seconds until a close shot where the bracelet is back.

      The morning after the first alien attack, the posse follows the trail left by the alien which, according to the dialog, headed North. However, the early morning shadows cast by the sun on the the riders and their horses are on their right, which indicates that they're riding Southward.

      When Jake and the newly-formed posse run into Jake's old gang, he punches one of the members in the mouth, breaking one of his front teeth. Later in the movie this gang member has all his teeth.

      When Jake is hit by a member of his old gang, the lower half of his face is quite bloody in one shot but remains perfectly clean in every other.

      The Apache chief needs a translator to communicate with the cowboys,
      except in the scene where Ella tells them all who she is.
      In this scene, there are a few times when the Apaches appear to understand English.

      When Jake walks away from Percy his holster is empty despite the fact that he picked up a gun off the guy he killed, his gun reappears when he enters the bar.

      When Jake encounters his old gang, he punches in the mouth the first guy that comes close and who had recognize him. He has blood on his finger in the next shot. A few shots later the blood vanishes and after several shots it reappears.

      When Jake is riding his horse to rescue Ella who has been picked up by an alien ship, his horse changes three times. He starts on a light bay with a star. Then he is riding a bay without a star. Finally, when he is leaping from the horse onto the ship, he is riding yet a third horse, a very dark bay.

      When meeting up with Jake's old gang in the valley, they are told to put their hands in the air. In one of the shots Ella is seen getting off her horse. In the next shot, immediately after the previous, she is standing beside her horse, but there is no way she could have gotten off her horse so quickly.

      When Jake is at the bar pouring numerous shots of whiskey, his last one was poured without him drinking the previous shot therefore pouring it twice without drinking.

      Crew or equipment visible
      At the first scene when the father gets off his horse, a piece of bright blue equipment (possibly paper) with some tape on it is seen right at the saddle.

      Miscellaneous
      The numbers of shots needed to disable or kill the aliens changes throughout the film.

      Plot holes
      The energy used to travel the stars could have powered a machine to atomically create gold from other elements. Dr. Glenn Seaborg lead a team in 1980 which created gold from bismuth. Unfortunately the power and equipment costs far exceeded the value of the gold created.

      Gold has been discovered by scientists in the composition of objects in outer space and most astronomers and astrophysicists believe that gold on Earth came to Earth via meteors. That means the aliens could have easily harvested gold while in space without having to use additional energy to extract it on Earth and then boost it into orbit.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Woodrow and the rest of the men on the trail of the aliens arrive on horseback at the upturned boat, it is raining heavily. However, no rainwater appears to be dripping off the brims of the men's hats.

      The boot Jake takes from the dead cowboy has a suspiciously clean sole.

      When Jake is looking up through the round hole in the roof of his house, the carpenter's pencil line outlining the circle is visible on one of the "damaged" boards.

      After the first alien attack it is stated that they will leave at first light, but the next morning from the length of the shadows on the ground it can be seen that the sun is up and it is well into the morning.

      Spoilers
      Continuity
      When Jake Lonergan and Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde are escaping the alien stronghold, Jake is hit by a blast of dust as they emerge from the cave opening. In this shot, Jake is clearly covered by dust, however in the next shot, he is again clean.

      When Jake and the outlaws climb the aliens' tower to place the dynamite, the cigar disappears and reappears from the Mexican bandit's mouth when he catches the bag of dynamite.

      Wrongly regarded as Continuity Error - It was stated that at the end of the movie Jake and Dolarhyde are talking when a horse and colt walk by in the background...a wagon passes by and the colt mysteriously disappears. This is not a Continuity Error, although it looks like it. In reality, the colt is trotting at a faster pace than the horse. Just before the wagon passes the camera, one can see that the colt is quickly passing the horse on the left, in an arc. By the time the wagon clears the scene, the colt is now directly in front of the horse, out of view from the camera's angle. But the viewer can (barely) make out the colt's legs moving in front of (and viewed through) the horse's legs. The colt did not disappear due to film editing.

      Plot holes
      Although Ella explicitly states that the aliens are blinded by bright light and avoid it, they later appear to have no problem fighting in full daylight nor do they appear to be inconvenienced in any way by it.

      Revealing mistakes
      Meacham is breathing after he has been killed by the alien.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
      Randsburg, California, USA
      Universal Studios Hollywood - 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, California, USA (Town)
      Bonanza Creek Ranch - 15 Bonanza Creek Lane, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American Space Western-action film directed by
      Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde.

      The film is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The plot revolves around an amnesiac outlaw (Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Ford), and a mysterious traveler (Wilde) who must ally to save a group of townspeople abducted by aliens. The screenplay was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on a screen story by the latter two along with Steve Oedekerk. The film was produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Rosenberg, with Steven Spielberg and Favreau serving as executive producers.

      The project began development in April 1997, when Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures bought film rights to a concept pitched by Rosenberg, former president at Malibu Comics, which he described as a graphic novel in development. After the graphic novel was published in 2006, development on the film was begun again, and Favreau signed on as director in September 2009. On a budget of $163 million, filming for Cowboys & Aliens began in June 2010, in New Mexico and California. Despite studio pressure to release the film in 3-D, Favreau chose to film traditionally and in anamorphic format (widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film) to further a "classic movie feel". Measures were taken to maintain a serious Western element despite the film's "inherently comic" title and premise. The film's aliens were designed to be "cool and captivating", with some details, such as a fungus that grows on their wounds, created to depict the creatures as frontiersmen facing adversity in an unfamiliar place.



      Cowboys & Aliens premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con and was released theatrically in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2011. The film was considered to be a financial disappointment, taking $174.8 million in box office receipts on a $163 million budget. Cowboys & Aliens received mixed reviews, with critics generally praising its acting and production but criticizing its tonal inconsistency.

      In 1873 New Mexico Territory, an unnamed loner (Daniel Craig) awakens injured in the desert with no memory and with a strange metal object on his wrist. He wanders into the town of Absolution, where preacher Meacham treats his wound. Sheriff Taggart recognizes the stranger as wanted outlaw Jake Lonergan and attempts to arrest him. Jake beats up the posse sent to take him in and nearly escapes, but a woman named Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) knocks him out. Taggart prepares to transport both Jake and volatile drunk Percy Dolarhyde to Santa Fe for trial.

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      Percy's father, Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a ruthless cattle baron, demands Percy be released. He also demands Jake be released to him, since Jake had stolen gold from him. During the standoff, alien spacecraft begin attacking the town. Percy, the sheriff and other townsfolk are abducted by long, whip-like feelers hanging from the bottom of the ships. Jake's shackle unfolds and becomes a weapon; he shoots down a ship, ending the attack.

      Dolarhyde, Ella, and other townsfolk form a posse to track an injured alien that escaped from the downed ship. Meanwhile, Jake travels to an abandoned cabin and, in a flashback, recalls returning to it with stolen gold and then being abducted, along with a woman named Alice, by the aliens. His memories returning, Jake joins up with the posse. During the evening, the group comes upon a capsized paddle wheel steamboat that the aliens apparently dumped miles from any water. They camp in it, and during the night the alien they were tracking kills Meacham, who sacrifices himself to save Emmett, Taggart's grandson.

      By morning, most of the posse has deserted, and those remaining are attacked by Jake's former gang. Jake, who had stolen the gang's loot after their last heist, attempts to retake control but it is foiled. The aliens begin attacking them again and Ella is captured. Jake jumps aboard the ship and attacks the alien pilot, causing the ship to crash. The alien survived the crash, suddenly comes out of the water and attacked Ella, fatally wounding her. The alien itself is killed by Jake with his wrist-blaster .
      The remaining posse is captured by Chiricahua Apache Native Americans, who blame them for the alien attacks. After Ella's corpse is dumped on a fire by a Chiricahua warrior, she is resurrected and emerges from the fire. Ella reveals herself to be from another alien race, who had travelled to Earth to help resist the invaders after they destroyed her home world. The aliens, who are mining gold and abducting people to conduct experiments to find humans' weaknesses, are far stronger and more durable than humans, and have superior weaponry, but are not invulnerable. They can be stabbed and shot to death, but only Jake's gauntlet weapon or a well-aimed shot with a rifle can kill them with a single blast. Ella tells them that the aliens which previously attacked them are just scouts.

      She also claims Jake holds the secret to the aliens' whereabouts and argues they must defeat the aliens before the invaders exterminate all life on earth. After taking medicine offered by the Apaches' medicine man, Jake recalls that Alice was euthanized after she was used in an alien experiment, but he had escaped, inadvertently stealing the gauntlet-like alien weapon encasing his wrist. He then also remembers the location of the aliens' base of operations.

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      Armed with this knowledge, the group, now led by Dolarhyde, prepares to attack the aliens' grounded mother ship. Meanwhile, Jake returns to his old gang and persuades them to join the fight. After the humans maneuver the aliens into a ground battle, Jake and Ella board the ship and free the captives, but Jake is capturd. Dolarhyde rescues him and both men escape the ship after killing the alien responsible for Alice's death. As the remaining aliens are taking off in their damaged craft, Ella sacrifices herself by entering the ship's core and destroying it by using Jake's wrist gauntlet as a bomb, obliterating the alien ship.

      With the aliens gone the abducted townsfolk begin to remember their pasts. Still a wanted man, Jake decides to leave, though the sheriff and Dolarhyde say they will claim he was killed in the invasion. The citizens intend to reconstruct their town.

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      Production
      Development and casting
      Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford portray two of the film's protagonists. Their casting has been described as a meeting between James Bond and Indiana Jones
      The project began development in 1997, when Universal Pictures and DreamWorks bought film rights to a concept pitched by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, former president at Malibu Comics, which he described as a graphic novel in development. They hired Steve Oedekerk to write and direct the film, which Oedekerk planned to do after completing Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Rosenberg, who formed Platinum Studios to pursue adapting Cowboys & Aliens and other Malibu Comics properties into film and television, joined as a producer. By 1998, Oedekerk left the project to pursue a remake of the 1964 film The Incredible Mr. Limpet with Jim Carrey.By 2004, the film rights were acquired by Columbia Pictures, who did not move the project beyond development

      In 2006, Rosenberg published Cowboys & Aliens as a graphic novel. In the following year, Universal and DreamWorks partnered again to adapt Cowboys & Aliens into a film.In June 2008, Robert Downey, Jr. entered negotiations to star in the film as Zeke Jackson, a former Union Army gunslinger. While Downey, Jr. was making Iron Man 2, he told director Jon Favreau about Cowboys & Aliens. Favreau investigated the project, and in September 2009, he joined as director.Downey, Jr. left the project in January 2010, to star in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and later in the month, Daniel Craig was hired to replace him. Favreau said Craig's portrayal of James Bond "brings a certain virtuosity". He also described Craig, "On the one hand, he's like this Jason Bourne type, a leading man who's also a lethal character, but on the other hand, he's also got a lot of humanity and vulnerability to him."

      A brown, leather, fedora-style hat
      The type of fedora worn by Ford in the Indiana Jones films
      In April 2010, Harrison Ford was cast alongside Craig. Favreau had cast Craig and Ford in the film because they were actors who suited the action-adventure roles so the characters would be less seen as comedic. The director compared Ford, in particular, with John Wayne in having "a sense of history" with the actor and the role. Before Cowboys & Aliens, Ford had previously acted in the Western films A Time for Killing in 1967, Journey to Shiloh in 1969 and The Frisco Kid in 1979. While Ford is well known for playing Indiana Jones, the filmmakers wanted to avoid giving him a cowboy hat that would remind audiences too much of Jones. Writer Alex Kurtzman said, "We needed to make sure that—no pun intended—we tipped a hat to iconography of Harrison Ford and also presented the audience with a very different version."

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      Olivia Wilde was cast in one of the lead roles, and Favreau called Wilde's character the key to the film. Sam Rockwell was cast in a supporting role as Doc. The character was described as a large Mexican in the original script, but when Favreau and the writers learned of Rockwell's interest in the film, they reconceived and expanded the role.Favreau himself is known for appearing in his films, but for Cowboys & Aliens, he chose not to make a cameo appearance because he thought it would affect the tone of the film. However, his face does appear on a wanted poster as "Todd Kravitz" in the scene establishing Craig as "Lonergan".

      When asked about how the film was developing, Rosenberg stated, "It's incredible. Sometimes it's like seeing exactly what was going through my head when I first had that spark in my head as a kid. Jon Favreau's bringing his own talent and vision with the adaptation, but at the same time it remains true to what I was really trying to get at in the original story."

      Steven Spielberg, one of the film's executive producers, visited the director and the writers during pre-production to look over the script and the artwork. He provided Favreau with a collection of classic Western films. Spielberg also invited the director and the writers to a private screening of several Western films and provided live commentary on how to make one properly.The films included Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, and Destry Rides Again. Spielberg made several other suggestions: a main enemy alien, Jake's final use of the gauntlet being to decapitate an alien, and that Jake and Ella's first kiss should occur in the climax of the film.

      Writing
      In the film's period as a developing project under several studios, different versions of the screenplay were drafted by numerous screenwriters, beginning with Steve Oedekerk. Other screenwriters involved included David Hayter, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jeffrey Boam, Thompson Evans, and Chris Hauty.When Universal and DreamWorks re-partnered in 2007, they hired Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus. In 2009, Ostby and Fergus were replaced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Damon Lindelof. Kurtzman and Orci analyzed American Western films including The Searchers. Orci said, "The first draft was very kind of jokey and broad and then it went very serious. You kind of swing back and forth between the two extremes and the tone until you find the exact right point where a Western and a sci-fi movie can really shake hands without it seeming unnatural." "Imagine you're watching Unforgiven and then Aliens land," Orci explained.

      Orci also said, "The comic has the themes of enemies uniting to fight a common enemy and has the setting of that specific time period, so we kept the inspiration from all of that. In terms of the specifics of the story and who these characters are, we wanted the audience to be surprised and to not feel like they've already seen everything if they were fans of the comic. So, while the themes and the setting and many of the elements are a great inspiration, the story is completely adapted and translated for live action."The aliens were loosely based on the Anunnaki gods of Zecharia Sitchin's interpretation of the Babylonian religion, who have a distinct interest in gold

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      Filming
      Cowboys & Aliens was not originally planned to be shown in 3-D. When approached with the idea by DreamWorks, Favreau was not interested, stating that Westerns should be shot only on film (as opposed to being shot digitally, which is required for modern 3D technology), and didn't want it to be converted after filming. "That would be like filming in black and white and colorizing it," he reasoned. Director of photography Matthew Libatique shot Cowboys & Aliens in the anamorphic format on 35 mm film to further a "classic movie feel".

      On a budget of $163 million. principal photography for Cowboys & Aliens began[36] at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico on June 30, 2010.[37] One of the filming locations was Plaza Blanca, "The White Place", where Western films like The Missing, 3:10 to Yuma, City Slickers, Young Guns, and The Legend of the Lone Ranger had been filmed. Sound stage work took place in Los Angeles, with additional location shooting at Randsburg, California.Filming finished on September 30.

      A scene in which Craig's character rides a horse alongside a ravine and jumps down it onto a spacecraft emulated many scenes in American Western films where cowboys rode along a moving train and jumped on it. Favreau said the scene referenced the one in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones chases a truck and noted that a similar scene existed in the 1939 film Stagecoach, saying "We're constantly referencing back to our roots." Cowboys & Aliens also make multiple references to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, such as the introduction to the aliens through the bright lights on their aircraft and an upturned paddle steamer in the middle of the desert. The film also "tease" monster movies, and the scenes in the paddle steamer were a deliberate homage to Alien.

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      Design and effect
      Scott Chambliss was hired as the production designer based on his work on Star Trek, produced by Orci and Kurtzman. The visual effects were created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), represented by Roger Guyett and Eddie Pasquarello as visual effects supervisors. Under the supervision of Shane Mahan, Legacy Effects created practical puppet aliens and full scale alien speeders. New Deal Studios constructed a miniature of the paddle steamer that is seen upturned in the film. Kerner Optical built a miniature of the alien ship and bluescreen stand-ins. The film also featured visual effects by Fuel VFX, The Embassy, Ghost, and Shade VFX, with previsualization from Halon Entertainment.

      Favreau noted that Cowboys & Aliens focuses on a specific aspect of the alien genre which primarily revolves around the films of the 1980s: "And although we have quite a bit of CG—I like the way they told stories before—before you could show everything with CG. And it was a real unveiling of the creature, little by little, and using lighting and camera work and music to make it a very subjective experience. And so we tried to preserve that here."In designing the film's aliens, ILM was careful to make the creatures "cool and captivating". Guyett stated that they adopted a similar approach to that of District 9:

      A reptilian creature in a desert landscape, impaled by multiple arrows, having wounds secreting a dark-colored blood and growing a yellow fungus
      An alien with wounds covered in a yellow fungus. Details such as this were created to depict the creatures as frontiersmen facing adversity in an unfamiliar place.
      The trick was to make [the aliens] interesting through their behavior and what happens to them, and that was something that District 9 did very well. You were drawn into their world a bit and their idiosyncrasies had an immediate impact: they ate cat food. But those details overwhelm certain design aspects, so I was striving to find some behavior that fit in well with the Western genre, where you have people in very arduous conditions fighting the elements. And I thought that the irony of all this was that the aliens turn up and it could be more exaggerated for them. They're frontiersmen in a way: traveling to another place and having to deal with all the adversities of the climate. And in our case, we played up the fact that they weren't comfortable in our world. There are flies all around them; they don't like the light; and when they were wounded and exposed, a strange fungus grows around them.

      The use of anamorphic widescreen (rather than shooting full-frame "flat" and cropping later) gave ILM no extra room to re-frame shots; it was a challenge to show both nine-foot-tall aliens and smaller humans in the same space. Instead, Guyett said, they shot more areas in case portions of the shots were lost. In filming the gun battle between the cowboys and aliens, in which the aliens move at twice the speed of the humans, actors were required to ride through the scene on horseback and shoot at men in gray suits and three-foot-tall hats; they aimed at faces drawn by Jon Favreau on the top of the hats. A big challenge for ILM's texture artists was to show the aliens in both a dark cave environment and harsh sunlight. The creatures were rendered in high resolution for close-ups; dirt and wounds were added to the aliens to emphasize the injuries they sustained in battle. After Favreau requested that the aliens experience a very unpleasant biological reaction to being wounded on Earth, the texture team created a yellow fungus-like look on the scars of the aliens. To design the fungus, texture supervisor Martin Murphy searched the Internet for real pictures of mold and growth on trees and eventually designed a "fried egg pattern". The heads of the aliens were based on those of sea turtles, after Favreau encountered sea turtles during a trip to Hawaii.

      At the suggestion of Steven Spielberg,an "über-alien" was also designed. It was unclear if the red scar Jake gives the über-alien after escaping vivisection would be enough of an identifier to distinguish it from other aliens, so the creature was redesigned with translucent, pale skin due to the lack of time spent outside. Favreau described the über-alien as more fleshy and anthropomorphic than the other aliens and Murphy commented, "There are some parts of him like his arm that you can see into. It's almost like glass or ice or gelatiny surface that blends into a dryer area. The [sic] there's pieces of him that are more like a soft-shell crab or shiny and wet."

      In addition to the aliens, other visual effects were required for the speeders, the alien spaceship, its interior, environment re-creations, and the head-up display for Jake's arm gauntlet. For the invasion of the town of Absolution, both practical laser lighting and fire effects were utilized, along with practical ships and effects enhancements. ILM artists had to enhance the initial look of the alien "bolos", the cables used to abduct people, with renderings such as extra lights, after viewers thought the studio had failed to "paint out" the cables in the film’s first trailer. For a scene in which Jake and Ella ride on a speeder, the actors were filming on a practical mock-up against bluescreen; they were digitally replaced in wider shots.

      Themes
      In Cowboys & Aliens, Director Jon Favreau sought a plausible approach to how humans from the late 19th century could confront extraterrestrial beings armed with advanced weaponry. He said, "It was very well laid out, well planned, and there were a lot of discussions with a lot of actors who called me to task on things that seemed too convenient, so we made sure we earned each step." The director also sought to maintain a Western tone as aliens appeared in the film, saying, "It's very easy to just cut the string and then all of a sudden the action starts and you're in Independence Day."Favreau cited the works of John Ford and Sergio Leone as sources of inspiration as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.Favreau also wanted the science-fiction element to stand on its own, referencing Alien, Predator, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.He said of both genres, "It's about finding the intersection of those two genres . . . If you do it right, it honors both, and it becomes interesting and clever and a reinvention of two things that people understand the conventions of, instead of just a retread or remake or sequel or reboot of a film you've seen before."

      In the Americas, Native American nations were severely damaged by European settlers, specifically because of the Europeans' advanced military technology. Favreau compared the film to the historical confrontation "in the frustration of not having the technology to allow you to prevail. It's always the low-tech culture that feels powerless when faced with an enemy that has technology on their side."[18] In the film, the cowboys are the low-tech culture, and the aliens with advanced technology possess the belief of Manifest Destiny. Favreau also said of the premise, "It allows the cowboys and Native Americans to come together, which would be impossible had there not been a greater common enemy. It sets the Western up in a very classic way and then turns it on its ear." When the aliens appear, the film becomes a road movie in which the main characters try to track the aliens, team up with different groups, and ultimately confront the aliens. Favreau compared the gathering to The Magnificent Seven in facing seemingly insurmountable odds in their confrontation.

      The character of Meacham also presents an unconventional take on Christian principles to support the film's main theme of redemption. According to Favreau, Meacham's teaching Doc how to shoot not only references similar scenes in other Westerns but also "teach[es] him how to be a person".Meacham's dying words to Jake, "God don't care who you were, Son, only who you are", speaks of the central theme of redemption.The hummingbird that Jake sees at various points in the film is a "good spirit" that could represent either Alice or Ella; an alternate theory is that Ella was an angel that helped Jake "get over" Alice. Favreau also suggested a back-story to Cowboys & Aliens: the über-alien is the mastermind of the invasion; all other aliens are "worker bees", possibly genetically engineered by another species of aliens that remained on their home planet and sent the worker bees as conquistadors

      Marketing
      Harrison Ford, Jon Favreau, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde promoting the film at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
      Cowboys & Aliens, which crosses genres with the American Western element of cowboys and the science-fiction element of extraterrestrials, has an "inherently comic" title and premise. At the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010, director Jon Favreau hosted a presentation and was accompanied by the film's primary cast members, including Harrison Ford in his first Comic-Con appearance. In the presentation, Favreau explained to audiences that he intended the film as a serious mix of the Western styles of Sergio Leone and John Ford and "really scary" science fiction like Alien and Predator. The first trailer for the film appeared in the following November, and The New York Times reported that film audiences found the premise comedic. Eddie Egan, the president of marketing at Universal Pictures, acknowledged the misconception and said, "The trailer is the first very public step in reconciling the tone of the movie with the more immediate effect of the title on its own." The studio anticipated a marketing campaign that would demonstrate that the film is "a tough-minded adventure" like Unforgiven by Clint Eastwood.

      During Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, the studio aired a TV spot for Cowboys & Aliens. Hours before the American football game, Favreau used Twitter to link followers to the spot online. Entertainment Weekly reported, "It . . . roused the geek-hive fan base and stirred new speculation about his hybrid of classic Westerns and extraterrestrial-invasion thrillers." After the spot aired, Favreau said the first trailer was intended as an introduction to pique people's curiosity and that the Super Bowl TV spot was "showing more of the sense of adventure as things unfold".

      In April 2011, Favreau and Roberto Orci appeared at WonderCon in San Francisco, where they presented nine minutes of film footage and answered questions about the film. Favreau explained that marketing would show "only a brief glimpse of the aliens of the title" before the film is released. He explained the withholding of certain elements, "I think there are enough visionary people involved with this film that there is an understanding that there is a personality that the marketing campaign can take on as well as the film itself . . . I want to make sure that if the audience goes to see [the film], there is going to be a lot of surprises in it that they haven't seen in the marketing materials."

      Release
      Cowboys & Aliens had its world premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 23, 2011. It was commercially released in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2011, and in other territories in ensuing weekends. Paramount Pictures International also released the film in IMAX theaters around the world, as it did for Favreau's previous film, Iron Man 2.

      Box Office Mojo forecast that Cowboys & Aliens would gross $95 million total in the United States and Canada. For the comparatively low figure, the website cited that the marketing had not contextualized the film effectively and that hybridized Western films like Jonah Hex and Wild Wild West were not successful at the box office. In territories outside the United States and Canada, the website forecast $140 million total, citing that American Western films are not historically popular, but that the premise of the alien invasion and the presence of international stars like Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford would generate interest. In contrast, box office tracker Paul Dergarabedian said the film's combination of cowboy and extraterrestrial themes in particular would attract audiences. Dergarabedian also believed that audiences' familiarity with Craig as character James Bond would help the film.

      Box office
      On the opening day of Cowboys & Aliens, estimates showed that its opening day gross was $13.0 million and it came in second place to The Smurfs' opening day gross of $13.3 million. This was considered a surprise since Cowboys & Aliens was expected to be the clear winner for the weekend. Estimates then showed Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs tied at the #1 spot for the weekend with $36.2 million each. However, when the actual results for the weekend were announced Cowboys & Aliens won the weekend with $36.4 million just beating out The Smurfs, which grossed $35.6 million. The film grossed $100,240,551 in the U.S. and Canada (making it the 500th $100 million domestic movie as well as $74,581,774 internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $174,822,325. The film is considered to be a financial disappointment, narrowly grossing its budget back. In 2014, the LA Times listed the film as one of the most expensive box office flops of all time.

      Critical reception
      Cowboys & Aliens received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 240 reviews with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens jarring tonal shifts." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 out of 100 based 41 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[66][67] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.

      Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, saying, "It sounds kooky on paper but on the screen cowboys and aliens make beautiful, fun music together." Honeycutt felt that the success of the film's blend of aliens and western themes was due to "the determination by everyone involved to play the damn thing straight. Even the slightest goofiness, the tiniest touch of camp, and the whole thing would blow sky high. But it doesn't." He criticized the aliens, which he said "don't rate as characters", existing as "moving blobs you shoot at in a video game." Variety's Peter Debruge echoed Honeycutt's sentiments that the "potential hamminess" of the premise is offset by the cast, particularly Craig through a "mix of ruthlessness and sensitivity." He considered however, that Wilde had the opposite effect, stating she "appears out of place among her grizzled co-stars". Debruge appreciated the attention paid to the roots of the two genres, saying "beneath all the state-of-the-art special effects beats an old-fashioned heart, one that prizes both of the genres in play" and concluded that "a canny blend of CG and practical effects serve the sci-fi elements well, while location shooting and Mary Zophres' form-fitting period duds make the West look its best." Nick Pinkerton of The Village Voice said the Western elements of the film were "lovingly" handled but called felt the science aspects a "gimmick" and "much more standard fare" in comparison. He added that "Ford, enlivened by dude garb, seems to enjoy himself in front of a camera for the first time in decades".

      Roger Ebert wrote that "as preposterous moneymakers go, it's ambitious and well-made. The acting from the large cast is of a high standard, Craig and Ford were more or less born into their roles, and director Jon Favreau actually develops his characters and gives them things to do, instead of posing them in front of special effects." He lamented however that the film was not a pure Western, saying of the aliens, "There is more genuine suspense when [Percy Dolarhyde] starts shooting up the town than when countless aliens appear". Salon's Andrew O'Hehir offered a mixed response, claiming the film to be well made and clever, and singling out Craig and Ford for their performances. O'Hehir was, however, critical of the combination of western and science-fiction elements, calling it "a mediocre western clumsily welded to a mediocre alien shoot-'em-up".

      Slant's Nick Schager reacted negatively, stating "Cowboys & Aliens mashes up genres with a staunch dedication to getting everything wrong, making sure that each scene is more inane than the one that preceded it"; giving the film one star out of four. Schager continued "Cowboys & Aliens's western accoutrements are [...] so false as to be stunning, with every steely-eyed glare from Craig's Man With No Memory, every confrontation between his Jake and Ford's grizzled Dolarhyde, and every silhouetted horseback ride across a sunset range seeming like a wan approximation of a familiar genre staple. [...] Favreau's visuals have an inauthentic and bland blockbuster sheen, and his actors are similarly afflicted with a case of poseur-itis (Craig's affected silent-type glowering, Ford's gruff racism, or Wilde's blank, wide-eyed stares), failing to deliver a single believable line-reading or gesture."

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      Accolades
      Cowboys & Aliens received five nominations. At the 39th Annie Awards, the film was nominated in Animated Effects in a Live Action Production for both Gary Wu and Lee Uren, but lost to Transformers: Dark of the Moon.The ceremony took place on February 4, 2011. The film received nominations from the Art Directors Guild for Fantasy Film, honoring production designer Scott Chambliss, and for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards, but lost to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in both ceremonies. Ford received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

      Home media
      Cowboys & Aliens was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 6, 2011. The release includes an extended version of the film running 135 minutes, three behind-the-scenes featurettes, and feature commentary with director Jon Favreau.

      Infringement lawsuit
      On November 30, 2011, Steven John Busti filed a lawsuit against Universal, DreamWorks,
      Platinum Studios, and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, claiming copyright infringement.
      Busti claimed he wrote a preview for his story Cowboys and Aliens in 1994,
      which was published in the April 1995 issue of Bizarre Fantasy #1.
      The story was also previewed in a 1995 issue of "Comic Shop News",
      which was on the same page that featured coverage of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
      Rosenberg and Platinum produced a one sheet depicting a cowboy being chased by an alien,
      which eventually led to Universal and DreamWorks buying film rights to their concept.

      Also stars Duke's grandson,
      Brendan Wayne as Charlie Lyle

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      User Review

      Title Says It All
      13 August 2011 | by TourettesPersonal (Philippines

      tour wrote:

      It's easy to figure out what Cowboys & Aliens is going to be. I'm not familiar with the comic book that it's based on but the film is definitely what the title has promised us. There are cowboys, then there are aliens. If you are fond to Western movies then you'll be entertained but if you are expecting too much aliens then you might get disappointed. You won't be seeing anything mind blowing in this film. If you want to see Sci-Fi action plus Western Violence then this film is just for you.


      Cowboys & Aliens is nothing but to entertain you. The only thing that is unique here is the Western & Sci-Fi collaboration. The film is just your typical Western movie but instead of Indians or some sadistic bandit, the aliens are the antagonist of the film. The aliens are pretty intriguing but we don't see them that much until the third act. It's disappointing if you are expecting too much aliens. The only things we see them do are ride their ships, stab people, shoot with their weapons, & jump scare the audiences. It's also your typical alien invasion film.

      At least the action is full of explosions. Jon Favreau sure knows how to make the action scenes exciting no matter how flawed they are. The performances saved most of the film. Daniel Craig's character is actually bland in the script so does Olivia Wilde's, but Craig's performance gives a little more character to the role. I don't know what to say about Olivia Wilde's, she is just hot. Harrison Ford & Sam Rockwell do what they do best. Paul Dano can be both fun to watch and annoying at the same time.

      It's easy to recognize that the CGI effects were made by Industrial Light & Magic, since the CGI aliens looks just like any monster from J.J. Abram's films. No doubt, it's good. The score is true to its western themes. The production design is pretty decent enough for a western film.

      In the end, Cowboys & Aliens is just another blockbuster released to our cinemas. I don't know if this film is going to be remembered years from now but I think the only purpose of this film is to show its gritty western violence and some sci-fi action. If you're expecting more than the title then you will be disappointed. If you are expecting more aliens than the cowboys then you'll be disappointed. Cowboys are the focus and the aliens end up being the jump scare of the movie. It's not bad nor good though. If you are careless about the story and the character development, & you're just seeking for some sheer action and huge explosions then I can recommended this. But not quite.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

      Cowboys & Aliens to Hit the Big Screen
      Source: DreamWorks Studios
      June 21, 2007


      DreamWorks Studios and Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to Platinum Studios' best-selling graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens, it was announced today by Adam Goodman, President of Production for DreamWorks Studios, and Donna Langley, President of Production for Universal Pictures.

      Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce for Imagine Entertainment, along with Platinum Studios' Chairman and CEO, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic of Platinum Studios will co-produce.

      Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens was published in 2006 by Platinum Studios and was the #1 ordered graphic novel of the year. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are expected to adapt the science fiction western adventure for the screen.

      DreamWorks and Universal are co-developing and will co-produce the live-action feature film adaptation.

      "This property captured our imagination as soon as we became aware of it," said Adam Goodman. "We kept trying to make it happen and finally all the elements have come together with thanks to Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, Universal, Imagine, Platinum, and the creative talents who have also joined us."

      "'Cowboys & Aliens' is a unique property with a rabid fan base that can't wait to see this story on the screen," said Donna Langley. "With this creative team in place, we have great hopes that it can meet the expectations of the fans, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of this project."

      Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said, "This is incredibly exciting for us both creatively and professionally. 'Cowboys & Aliens' is unique and challenging material, and we can't wait to roll up our sleeves and come up with a truly distinctive film."

      "This is a cool sci-fi and western mix and we couldn't be more excited with the support we're getting from this creative team," said Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. "Wow! Working with Ron, Brian, and our friends at DreamWorks and Universal is a dream come true."

      Kurtzman and Orci currently have an overall producing deal with DreamWorks Studios. They wrote the screenplays for two DreamWorks projects, next month's Transformers and 2005's The Island. Among their other writing credits are Mission: Impossible 3, The Legend of Zorro, and next year's Star Trek, which they are also executive producing. They also served as producers and writers on the hit TV series, "Alias."

      Writing partners Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby's previous credits include the upcoming release Iron Man, and they were nominated this year for an Academy Award® for their Children of Men screenplay
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town
    • Re: Cowboys and Aliens

      Cowboys and Aliens?! :blink:

      Not sure I'm gonna buy into that one but I'll reserve final judgment.
      Tbone


      "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please."
    • Robert Downey JR in Cowboys and Aliens?

      News

      Robert Downey Jr. in Talks for Cowboys & Aliens
      Source: The Hollywood Reporter
      June 16, 2008


      Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal's Cowboys & Aliens, a pulpy mix of the sci-fi and Western genres that could serve as a potential 2010 tentpole, says The Hollywood Reporter.

      Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing. Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg also will produce, along with DreamWorks mainstays Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will co-produce.

      Cowboys & Aliens derives from a graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley from an original idea by Rosenberg. The story centers on an Old West battle between the Apache and Western settlers, including a former Union Army gunslinger named Zeke Jackson (Downey), that is interrupted by a spaceship crashing into the prairie near Silver City, Ariz.

      The story draws a parallel between the American imperialist drive to conquer the "savage" Indians with its advanced technology and the aliens' assault on Earthlings, who must join together to survive the invaders' attack.

      The latest draft of the script was done by Iron Man and Children of Men writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus.
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town
    • Favreau/Downey: Cowboys and Aliens

      Favreau and Downey to Play Cowboys & Aliens

      Source:Heat Vision
      September 2, 2009


      The Hollywood Report's "Heat Vision Blog" is reporting that Jon Favreau has signed on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the DreamWorks/Universal sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens, based on the Platinum Studios comic book series. This will be the third pairing of the duo who had enormous success with last year's Iron Man and are currently finishing up that movie's anticipated 2010 sequel Iron Man 2. It's being reported that this will be Favreau's next project on completion of the sequel.

      The sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies -- cowboys and Native Americans -- found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

      The project has been in development for many years under a variety of producers and writers, the most recent version being written by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof. The project has long been in development by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, who remain on as producers, along with Platinum president Scott Rosenberg.
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town
    • Re: Favreau/Downey: Cowboys and Aliens

      Wow I just don't even know what to say. This could either be good or really really bad. lol.
      [COLOR="Indigo"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="2"]"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life..." ~John Wayne~[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
    • Re: Favreau/Downey: Cowboys and Aliens

      I wonder if Robert Downey Jr. is the cowboy or the Alien. Not sure what to think about this movie.

      Cheers :cool:


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    • Re: Favreau/Downey: Cowboys and Aliens

      Lol good point should be interesting. :)
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    • Re: Cowboys and Aliens

      Harrison Ford Confirmed for Cowboys & Aliens

      Source: Jon Favreau, Latino Review
      April 7, 2010


      Iron Man 2 helmer Jon Favreau has confirmed a Latino Review scoop that Harrison Ford is joining Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde in the director's graphic novel adaptation Cowboys & Aliens.

      Favreau posted the following on his Twitter account.

      Please stop asking if Harrison Ford is in Cowboys & Aliens. Okay? He is. Please don't tell anybody.

      Based on the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, the sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies -- cowboys and Native Americans -- found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

      The DreamWorks and Universal movie is targeting a July 29, 2011 release. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof wrote the script.
      They'd never forget the day,the stranger rode into town