We've already given you five reasons to see director Jon Favreau's adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens, but screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci also recently offered their three reasons to see the sci-fi and Western mash-up in an interview with EW.
While the two writers have been working steadily since scripting the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, they aren't asking audiences to see the movie based on their (and co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof's) work, but hope that producers Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg will bring some clout to the production. Said Orci:
what are the other two reasons? >> Posted 07.28.11 by Ryan
It’s an historic match up of talent. The keepers of the western and the sci-fi genres — Howard and Spielberg — hashing their point of view onto this new generation in [director] Jon Favreau. They were like referees as the rest of us generated the story. They would push us back on the field if we went too wrong on the western or too wrong on the aliens.
The first collaboration between two of the biggest names in movies has so far been shrouded in mystery, but today we get the first glimpse of the project.
The poster for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was unveiled today, showing the title character and his trusty dog, Snowy, walking in shadow above a globe.
The motion-capture 3-D movie, a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, is based on the comic books by Belgian artist Georges "Hergé" Remi. Spielberg takes the duty of director while Jackson will serve as producer (Jackson will direct the sequel). Jackson's F/X company Weta Digital will do the movie's motion capture and special effects. Tintin will be Spielberg's first move that will be shot digitally. It took 28 years to bring Tintin to the big screen Posted 05.16.11 by Chris
After writing the screenplays for Star Trek and the first two Transformers movies, adapting a graphic novel called Cowboys and Aliens was a natural progression for screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the Platinum Comics graphic novel follows a mysterious stranger who rides into the town of Absolution, Arizona, just in time for an alien invasion.
Robert Downey Jr. was originally cast in the lead role, but ultimately left the project for Sherlock Holmes 2 before Favreau signed on and replaced Downey Jr. with Daniel Craig. In an interview with SuperHeroHype, Orci revealed that Craig's casting changed the tone of the movie. More lessons from Spielberg >> Posted 12.04.10 by Ryan
Jon Favreau is used to turning comic books into successful movies, but Cowboys and Aliens presents a unique challenge. Based on the graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys and Aliens is a blending of both the Western and Sci-fi genres, and, to do them both justice, Favreau told IGN, it's important to give each genre respect. "If you're going to do a mashup of genres," said Favreau. "I think you have to play the genre down the middle." Favreau also said it helps to cast the movie correctly and have Steven Spielberg as your executive producer. MORE >> Posted 07.29.10 by Ryan
It looks like Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are trying to make a fashion statement promoting The Adventures of Tintin, the 3-D motion-capture trilogy they're both producing. The Spanish site Estrenos de Cine just published this photo, which they received from Sony Pictures.
In the photo, the two directors don antiquated bowler hats, a particularly common article of clothing in the Tintin universe. We agree with the folks at Cinema Blend who say that it's rather bizarre seeing Jackson all lithe and trim. Maybe his former hobbit-esque physique was a very prolonged publicity stunt for Lord of the Rings. Either way, it doesn't stop us from getting excited about Tintin, which unfortunately isn't due in U.S. theaters until December 23, 2011.
The story is based on the Belgian comic strip series that first appeared in the late 1920s. The comic follows Tintin, a Belgian reporter, and his sidekick dog Snowy as they embark on various adventures across the globe. Paramount and Sony, who are producing the movies, decided to release the first movie, Secret of the Unicorn, in international cinemas beginning in late October 2011, ahead of the domestic release. This is due to its familiarity abroad and its lack of exposure in the States. Spielberg will direct that movie, while Jackson will take over for the second.
The current cast includes British star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig as his nemesis. Also cast are Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, and Mackenzie Crook.
You can check out the official English-language Tintin site for more pictures and videos from the production. Posted 09.04.09 by reelz