Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. Team Up for 'Cowboys and Aliens'

With this comic book adaptation eying a summer 2011 release, it is unclear how the involvement of the 'Iron Man 2' director and star will affect 'The Avengers'.

AceShowbiz - Marvel Comics property won't be the only platform director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr. work together for. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the helmer of "Iron Man" and its sequel, "Iron Man 2", has come on board the adaptation of the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel, "Cowboys and Aliens", to which Downey Jr. is attached to star.

Downey Jr. has been attached to this big screen project since summer of 2008 when "Iron Man" scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were working on the script. It is not until "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof and "Star Trek" screenwriter Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci rewrote the script that Favreau circles the project.

As a summer production start is eyed, the two are expected to tackle this project before they move on with "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3". However, with "Cowboys and Aliens" taking aim at summer 2011 release and "Avengers" lining up for May 2012 release, it is unclear if Favreau will still make a run at the directing job for the latter feature film.

"Cowboys and Aliens" is originated from Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley's graphic novel. It picks up the story of the crashing of a spaceship into the prairie near Silver City, Arizona which resulted in an interruption to an Old West battle between the Apache and Western settlers. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produce with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in the executive producers seat.

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