Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are reuniting for another comic book property: Cowboys & Aliens. THR’s heat vision blog reports that Favreau will make the film his next directing gig after Iron Man 2 (which has wrapped principal photography and will hit theaters on May 7, 2010), while Downey Jr. has been attached to the film since last summer.
Here’s some background on the project, courtesy THR:
The sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies — cowboys and Native Americans — found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona. Long in development, the “Aliens” project originally was set up at Universal and DreamWorks in 1997 with Steve Oedekerk writing and directing. It later moved to Columbia, with “Sahara” scribes Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly writing.
The script was penned by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) along with Damon Lindelof (writer/executive producer on Lost).