The Man in the Hat is back in, potentially, a different hat when he plays a cowboy – most probably – in Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s imminent comic book adaptation Cowboys & Aliens.
Ford, who hasn’t made a truly great film since The Fugitive in 1993 or a pretty good film since What Lies Beneath in 2000, was announced – as per many a rumour – by Favreau via a tweet that, with wry resignation, confirmed;
‘Please stop asking if Harrison Ford is in Cowboys & Aliens. Okay? He is. Please don’t tell anybody.’
The comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, producer of Men In Black and chairman of Platinum Studios, had been aiming to adapt the graphic novel series for a while. It tells the high concept tale of aliens (surprise!) landing in the Wild West, and finding their plans to conquer the world messed up by cowboys. Robert Downey Jr. was set to take on the leading role of Zeke Jackson but dropped out to do Guy Ritchie‘s forthcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel, it seems that Daniel Craig has stepped into his stetsons with Tron Legacy and House M.D. actress Olivia Wilde in a supporting role.
The adaptation is in the hands of a gaggle of screenwriters including; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (who brought us Star Trek – yay! – and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – boo!); Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus (who helped pen Iron Man, Children of Men and the impending live-action Akira); and Lost veteran Damon Lindelof. Assisting in the Dreamworks/Paramount/Imagine production corner are Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Hopefully Favreau can bring the same sense of playful fun and big budget spectacle that he brought to the equally genre-spliced (and vastly under-rated) sci-fi adventure Zathura. Also, hopefully, he’ll manage to coax more than a snooze from the grizzled and grumpy chops of Ford who has Roger Michell’s intriguing comedy Morning Glory also on his upcoming slate and hasn’t cropped up in a Western since 1979′s Gene Wilder comedy The Frisco Kid.
For the curious the first issue of the graphic novel can be read online here: http://www.drunkduck.com/CowboysAndAliens/
This article was first posted on April 7, 2010