Dreamworks and Universal Pictures have announced that "Cowboys & Aliens" will be released on July 29, 2011, according to The Wrap.
"Cowboys & Aliens" was originally published in 2007 as a graphic novel by writers Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley and artists Dennis Calero & Luciano Lima. The concept — as created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg — revolves around an alien invasion in the 19th century.
Jon Favreau is directing and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are writing the adaptation of the comic series, which pits cowboys against an invading horde of aliens in the 1800s. According to Kurtzman and Orci, the story greatly differs from the original graphic novel.
The movie already has two of its leads in the form of Daniel Craig (replacing Robert Downey Jr. who opted to make "Sherlock Holmes 2" instead) and Olivia Wilde, star of "House" and the upcoming "Tron Legacy." Craig will play Zeke Jackson, the leader of the cowboys and Wilde will play a character named Ella, who helps Craig’s Zeke battle the aliens (and I assume will be some sort of love interest for him).
We’ll certainly have plenty to keep us going in the long summer months of 2011 as "Cowboys & Aliens" joins an exciting list of movies that includes: "Thor," "Captain America," "Green Lantern," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" and "Transformers 3," amongst others.
"Cowboys & Aliens" is will start production in July and is rumored to be shooting in 3D, in part to capitalize on the current 3D rush in the wake of "Avatar."
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: MTV News, Screen Rant