"Cowboys and Aliens" Taken to Big Screen by Universal Dreamworks

The graphic novel mixes Western and science fiction genres. Set in 1800s Arizona, a skirmish between cowboys and Apaches is interrupted by the crash landing of a space ship. The alien commander plans to tame the Old West and enslave everyone, but the cowboys and Native Americans turn their six-guns against the alien invaders.
DreamWorks and Universal Pictures will join to turn the graphic novel "Cowboys & Aliens" into a live action feature.

Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce along with Platinum Studios chairman-CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic co-produce.

Script will be written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

Rosenberg, who ran Malibu Comics when "Men in Black" transferred from graphic novel to hit film, created the concept for "Cowboys & Aliens" and published the graphic novel in 2006.

Several studios have been intrigued by the concept, but the deal was finally pulled together by DreamWorks production president Adam Goodman and U production prexy Donna Langley. The studios have teamed successfully in the past on such pics as "Gladiator" and the Imagine-produced "A Beautiful Mind."

Kurtzman and Orci scripted the upcoming DreamWorks/Paramount summer film "Transformers."

Fergus and Hawk Ostby's recent credits include "Children of Men" and "Iron Man."
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9/10/2007
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