Cowboys and Aliens could be a theme for the last couple of years, with a rise of the western genre (True Grit, Meek’s Cutoff) and alien encounters (Battle: Los Angeles, Monsters, Green Lantern) alike.
Based on a 2006 graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, and with art by Luciano Lima, the film is set to star Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde as the folks in the old west who witness an alien spacecraft impacting the Earth. That’s right: it doesn’t get much better than Indiana Jones/Han Solo, James Bond and the ‘babe’ from TRON: Legacy going up against some aliens. Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, is behind the camera on this one.
Paramount Australia has sent over the latest version of the trailer for us to have a look-see.
The last time westerns were combined with sci-fi technology was the ill-fated Wild Wild West remake, which was simply wiggity-wiggity-wiggity whack. With Will Smith busy raising an army of Hollywood children (and shooting Men in Black III without a script apparently), and Kenneth Branagh tied up with his Thor junket duties, this is one western adventures that will be free from craptastic rap songs on the soundtrack. As far as we know.
Cowboys and Aliens will be released in Australia on 11 August 2011 by Paramount.