Robert Downey Jr., star of Iron Man, it’s sequel and Sherlock Holmes has long been attached to another comic book property Cowboys And Aliens. However, it seems that the collaborative partnership he has had with actor/director Jon Favreau will now extend to another property, with Favs coming on board to direct Robert in the new film. The Heat Vision blog breaks it down:
Downey has been attached to the DreamWorks project since last summer, when “Iron Man” co-screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were working on the adaptation of the Platinum Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley.
Last fall, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are executive producers on the project, took over scripting with “Lost” exec producer Damon Lindelof.
And now Favreau, who is riding a killer wave as an actor, writer and director, has come on to make it his next gig.
True to its title, the sci-fi Western explores what would happen if traditional Old West enemies, cowboys and American Indians, found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona. Long in development, the “Aliens” project was originally set up at Columbia with “Sahara” writers Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly writing.
This is pretty big news considering the said wave that both of these men have been riding for some time now, since the success of last year’s surprise smash Iron Man. Favs is currently in post on Iron Man 2, will next be seen in Couples Retreat (our full preview coming soon) with his good buddy Vince Vaughn and RDJ has been as busy as they come with his full slate of films in the last two years. The fact that both are still going to be rolling along in more comic book property films bodes well for fans, especially considering they are still taking time to get into other roles as actors. While I am in the minority on the huge praise that Iron Man received (I thought it was above average but not superior due to a feeble ending battle scene), I think that the vast majority will be enthralled by this news. Do tell if that’s the case. I am a fan of both actors and remain optimistic about their future projects together or apart.