Robert Downey Jr. won't be riding off into the sunset for 'Cowboys and Aliens.'

The Los Angeles Times reports the actor has dropped out of the Universal/DreamWorks project, which would've reunited him with his 'Iron Man' director, Jon Favreau. 'Cowboys' is based on a graphic novel about a race of aliens that land in 19th-century Arizona with the intent to enslave the local population -- until a group of cowboys and Apache Indians decide to fight back. Downey would've played the lead role of Zeke Jackson, the gunslinger who leads the anti-alien revolution. Robert Downey Jr. won't be riding off into the sunset for 'Cowboys and Aliens.'

The Los Angeles Times reports the actor has dropped out of the Universal/DreamWorks project, which would've reunited him with his 'Iron Man' director, Jon Favreau. 'Cowboys' is based on a graphic novel about a race of aliens that land in 19th-century Arizona with the intent to enslave the local population -- until a group of cowboys and Apache Indians decide to fight back. Downey would've played the lead role of Zeke Jackson, the gunslinger who leads the anti-alien revolution.

Entertainment Weekly goes on to say that the reason for RDJ's departure is that 'Cowboys and Aliens' would've conflicted with the filming of the 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel, which Warner Bros. is looking to put on the fast track after the success of the first film (it's currently grossed almost $300 million worldwide).

'Cowboys and Aliens" would've been a potential third franchise for Downey Jr., next to 'Iron Man' and 'Sherlock Holmes.' One wonders if he made the right decision -- there's no way Warner Bros. would ever do the 'Sherlock' sequel without him ... so perhaps he should have used that to his advantage and figured out a way to do both projects?

Then again, maybe he just doesn't feel like being on a horse all day.

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Should Robert Downey Jr. Have Dropped Out of 'Cowboys & Aliens' to Do 'Sherlock Holmes 2?'
Yes, absolutely. Who needs cowboys? Or aliens? 84 (54.2%)
He should've found a way to do both projects. 56 (36.1%)
Big mistake. 'Sherlock Holmes' doesn't need a sequel just yet.15 (9.7%)
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