We’ve been talking about Robert Downey Jr’s possible attachment to Cowboys and Aliens for quite a while. However, it now looks like Downey Jr’s Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, is trying to lasso the directors chair for the film, and if he signs up then it looks like Iron Man himself is all but locked for the picture.

The concept of the film in question is simple – Cowboys versus Aliens. If that doesn’t rock your boat, then it’s time to stop reading! 

The film is based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, which was written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. The script for the movie was penned by the high-powered writing combination of Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with Lost’s Damon Lindeloff.

With Iron Man 2 already shot and currently in post-production, it looks like Cowboys and Aliens will shoot next summer for a 2011 release date. If the talent involved (and the concept) doesn’t excite you, then please note that the DreamWorks and Universal film will be produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with some chap called Steven Spielberg!

I’ve had the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel sitting on my shelf for about a year now and I think that this news has finally given me the inspiration to dust it off and give it a read. While I honestly didn’t expect much from Iron Man (I’m a DC man unlike our head honcho Vic Holtreman), I was highly surprised by what it had to offer.

I’ve been a fan of Downey Jr’s for a long time and if you guys haven’t seen Wonder Boys, Zodiac or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang then you’ve been missing out!

In the words of Frankie Laine:

“Move ’em out, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em on.
Move ’em out, head ’em up:

More on Cowboys and Aliens when we get it!

Robert Downey Jr. will next be seen alongside Jude Law in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes which opens on Christmas Day and Iron Man 2 which opens in May.

Source: Variety