From an Iron Man to an Iron Slinger, Robert Downey Jr. is in serious negotiations to star in the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, bringing some serious talent and respectability to what could have been just been a low budget shot in the dark genre film.
The story takes place in the 1870s where the white settlers of the frontier are engaged in battle against the native Americans in a war for territory. Both sides quickly put aside their differences to bind together in the face of an unbelievable enemy – high technology wielding scaly bastard aliens. The reptilian aliens seek to turn Earth into their stomping ground and make men into charred biscuits or slaves- you know the drill.
Downey will play Zeke Jackson, a former Union Army officer, who is nearby in Silver City, Arizona, when the alien spaceship comes rudely crashing down on top of them. This project sounds like it could be a whole lot of fun and pinning Downey, who suddenly carries serious box office heft, may lead Cowboys and Aliens to a Summer Tent Pole status in 2010. Writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus (Iron Man) penned the draft which will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The original comic book was written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley and is available in trade form.
I’m totally onboard for this movie, a mixture of science fiction and westerns! With Robert Downey Jr? I said God damn sign me up this is like a wet dream of mine come true. Yeah thats right, I said wet dream, you want to make something of it? Yee-Haw! Giddy-Up! Is that enough cowboy platitudes yet!?