Monday, June 16, 2008

Downey Jr. Set For Cowboys Vs Aliens

MR. A Lister himself seems keen to keep himself busy!

Downey is in final negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal's sci-fi western, Cowboys Vs Aliens. Having lingered in development hell for a decade, the plot finds Western settlers battling Apaches, only to have their scrap invaded by the arrival of an extraterrestrial vessel. The humans suddenly realise they must put their differences aside to fight off the alien menace.

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.

Iron Man scribes Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus are responsible for script and set to be released in 2010. (When Iron Man 2 is also due for release!)

Head over to AICN for there take on it!