Robert Downey Jr. To Star In Cowboys & Aliens

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robertdowneyjr Robert Downey Jr. To Star In Cowboys & AliensIt looks like everybody’s favorite Iron Man is keeping his hand in the big budget Action-Adventure arena. Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in Cowboys and Aliens, a Sci-Fi / Western in which a battle between the Apache and Western settlers is interrupted by an alien spaceship crashing in the Old West.

Talk about high concept!

The film is based on a graphic novel idea by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. DreamWorks and Universal hope that the Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produced film will be a summer tent-pole film for 2010.

But wait. Isn’t Iron Man 2 set for release that year? Isn’t Downey Jr. signed to play Tony Stark in the second film in the franchise?

What’s going on?

I wouldn’t hold my breath for an Iron Man sequel in 2010. We all know that Marvel took their time in starting negotiations with Jon Favreau, and the actor-director has made it clear that he doesn’t feel that there is enough time to produce a sequel that matches the original.

With Robert Downey Jr. in negotiations for this new film (and possible franchise) it looks like he may be helping Marvel make up their minds to release the film in 2011. We all know what happens when a comic book film is rushed into production. If you don’t, go watch Batman and Robin and X-Men 3.

That said, it is possible for the star to film both movies back-to-back, or Cowboys and Aliens may not meet its target release date – which is possible considering that the film does not have a director.

Whatever happens, it’s good to see Downey Jr. “pulling a Johnny Depp”: A once ignored actor getting major exposure and gaining the love and affection of audiences worldwide. I just hope that more people go and rent Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on Cowboys and Aliens and of course Iron Man 2.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Sounds like a fun movie. Marvel has the right ideas in making their own movies – both Ironman and The Incredible Hulk were great – but it sounds like they need some help in the personel relations department.

  2. I agreed INK, Marvel did an excellent job with their first two produced feature films. Both were outstanding quality movies. The marketing and promotions leading up to the movies were clever and on the mark. However, their future slate of films for 2010 and 2011 are getting off to a very shaky start, so far very negative buzz and PR. I was touting ‘IN MARVEL WE TRUST’, now I am doubting my phrase. Had they locked in on their actors and director contract sooner for the IM sequel, RDJ would not have all these new offerings ie Cowboys, Sherlock, and Hef which in turn conflict with Marvel plans. Is this the case of success and $$$ that has made Marvel judgment/decisions cloudy and cementing their own grave…

  3. Digital Spy had an article a week ago saying that Favreau and marvel are not seeing eye to eye on financial terms. I imagine RDJ aint waiting for that to resolve itself; he’s big and has to (pardon the pun) strike while the iron is hot…

  4. I think Ironman, Avengers will both definatley be pushed back. Probably Thor too.

    I think Marvel is jumping just a little early riding the hype wagon created with Iron man and Hulk to announce sequel dates. Although I’m really happy they did to that, i think the dates may happen to be unrealistic to meet.

  5. Whether they do the IM sequel in 2010 or 2011, PLEASE get Terrence Howard out of there!!! Put in a more kickass person as Jim Rhodes, for goodness sake!!

  6. I think considering Downey’s real life addiction problems, it’s good that he’s keeping himself so busy. Also, keep in mind he did THREE movies around the same year he did Iron Man… right? I think this will be fine either way.