Here’s the trailer to COWBOYS AND ALIENS, Universal Studios adaptation of the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
Screen 007 Daniel Craig stars as Zeke Jackson, a hunted gunfighter caught up into a strange extraterrestrial invasion of an Arizona town in the days of the old West.
Also starring Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell.
Directed by IRON MAN’s Jon Favreau.
Due in theaters July 29th, 2011.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Sam Rockwell (IRON MAN 2, MOON) has signed on for Jon Favreau’s (IRON MAN 2, ZATHURA) upcoming sci-fi film, COWBOYS & ALIENS. He’ll be joining an already star studded cast which includes the likes of Harrison Ford (STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES) and Daniel Craig (THE GOLDEN COMPASS, THE INVASION).
Rockwell is to star in the upcoming superhero film, IRON MAN 2, which was also directed by Favreau, so the two must of hit if off pretty well. COWBOYS & ALIENS is a graphic novel adaptation in which a group of angry extraterrestrials invade the Old West. Writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof have had to work with Favreau to re-imagine the role of ‘Doc’, a bartender who helps our heroes battle the alien nasties, for Rockwell to boost his screen time and change his appearance from a heavy-set boozer.
I’m quietly anticipating this one and the addition of Rockwell to the cast can only be a good thing. COWBOYS & ALIENS is set to start shooting in June.
According to Coming Soon JAMES BOND producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, announced today that they have suspended development on the next film in the profitable franchise. BOND 23, as it’s currently known, was previously scheduled for release 2011/2012 but due to financial troubles at MGM has been put on hold.
They had this to say:
“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on ‘Bond 23’ indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of ‘Bond 23”.
These two know what they’re talking about as EON Productions have produced twenty two JAMES BOND films since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli took over the franchise from Albert R Broccoli in 1995 and were responsible for the latest two Bond films, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. If these two say the future of Bond is in jeopardy then they’re to be trusted.
This is rather unfortunate news for Bond fans as it could now be several years until BOND 23 even begins shooting. Sam Mendes (ROAD TO PERDITION, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) was set to direct but whether he’ll stick around is anyone’s guess and star Daniel Craig’s schedule is looking rather busy for the foreseeable future. This is by no means the end of Bond though, it’s a far too profitable a series to be left stuck in development hell, it’s just a matter of waiting longer than anticipated for a new film.
The folks over at Variety have the scoop that Noah Ringer has been cast in Jon Favreau’s (IRON MAN) next film; COWBOYS & ALIENS. Ringer is a relative unknown but after being given the lead role in AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER by M. Night Shyamalan he will be staring in Favreau’s upcoming sci-fi/western hybrid.
COWBOYS & ALIENS is being adapted from the comic book of the same name which implies a rather simple ‘cowboys defend Earth from aliens story’ but in fact is something much more interesting. In the comics the twist is that the aliens end up invading the Old West and colonising the area just as the real life settlers did to the Native Americans. It definitely sounds like an promising concept and one that’s in safe hands with Favreau on board to direct. It’s not clear what role Ringer will be playing yet but he’ll be joining a impressive cast that already includes Harrison Ford (INDIANA JONES, STAR WARS) and Daniel Craig (CASINO ROYALE, LAYER CAKE).
COWBOYS & ALIENS is set for release on the 29th of July, 2011.
Harrison Ford’s (STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES) involvement in Jon Favreau’s (IRON MAN, ZATHURA) sci-fi western, COWBOYS & ALIENS, was confirmed today by the director on his Twitter account. Rumours have already been circulatingas to whether Ford had been cast in the film but now Favreau has officially let the cat out of the bag.
Ford will act alongside Daniel Craig in the comic adaptation in which cowboys try to fend off extraterrestrial being in the old west. The plot sounds like a lot of fun and Favreau has more than proved himself as a director whom is up to the task. The addition of Ford to the cast could be the icing on the cake, provided the veteran actor lets loose his funnier side that, frankly, has been missing for far too long.
COWBOYS & ALIENS is currently in pre-production but already has a release date set for the 29th of July, 2011.