The fact that a movie called Cowboys & Aliens is being made brings warmth to my cold, brittle heart. As a child who mixed and matched his Legos to allow similar concepts to take place on my bedroom floor, I'm fairly certain that this movie, regardless of quality, would have been Young Me's favorite film of all time. However, with Iron Man director Jon Favreau at the helm, Older Me can rest a little easier, knowing that this ridiculous high concept is in capable hands. It doesn't hurt that it will feature Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford taking on aliens with six shooters on horseback.
Coming Soon spoke with Favreau about Cowboys & Aliens while the ever-busy filmmaker was making the press rounds for Iron Man 2. Although he doesn't have too much to say (the film doesn't even start shooting for a few months yet), he paints a picture of a movie that will be, at the very least, pretty darn interesting:
"The property isn't what was appealing to me as much as the concept and the script...I read a great script and I loved the idea of mashing up those two genres and juxtaposing a very intense alien movie up against a very sincerely played Western. We draw inspiration tonally from movies like Close Encounters and Alien and Predator for the alien side and for the Western side we're looking at John Ford, Leone, and even a little bit of Butch and Sundance."
I've previously wondered whether the film would be played straight or if it would keep its tongue firmly in cheek and this actually goes a long way towards giving me an answer. "Intense alien movie" and "sincerely played western" imply that Cowboys & Aliens will take itself pretty seriously and will try to pull off a serious sci-fi blockbuster in plausible western setting. Of course, the concept of cowboys in the Old West taking on an alien invasion is patently silly, but if Favreau can nail the western half and establish a reality that feels tangible and has weight, he'll have the power to let us actually care if the cowboys can beat the aliens. And that would please Young Me and Older Me.
Follow the link above to hear a little more about the film and to see Favreau completely side-step any real answers to Iron Man 3 questions.