'Cowboys' may corral 'Iron' pair
producer Damon Lindelof. The trio penned “Star Trek 2.” Story is set in the Old West, where cowboys and Native Americans battle in Arizona — until a spaceship crashes and a new enemy equipped with superior technology emerges. “Cowboys and Aliens” is based on the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. That graphic novel was published in 2006, but Hollywood has been hot for the high-concept project since “Cowboys and Aliens” was first acquired by Universal and DreamWorks in 1997. That sale was made based on a one-sheet of a cowboy and a spaceship, with Steve Oedekerk aboard to write and direct. The project subsequently moved to Columbia Pictures and Escape Artists, and then back to U and DreamWorks, and the script has been through at least seven writers or writing teams. Favreau and Downey will work together again on “Iron Man 3,” which will likely be distributed by Paramount Pictures in its multipicture deal with Marvel Entertainment despite Marvel’s $4 billion acquisition by Disney. “Iron Man 2″ bows May 10. Favreau is repped by CAA. Chart: Click here to view the 12-year progression of ‘Cowboys & Aliens.’
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