I have been waiting over a YEAR for this movie to come out!!! Seriously don’t remember when I’ve been so psyched for a movie to hit the big screen. And that was even before I knew Harrison Ford would be cast as Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde—*sigh* A western writer whose favorite movies are Independence Day, 3:10 to Yuma, and Wild, Wild West (with Will Smith), this movie is like all those wrapped into one!
Even cooler, I’d read the 2006 graphic novel this movie is based on. My oldest son likes graphic novels (anything to get teens to read!) and it’s likely no surprise a title like Cowboys & Aliens would appeal to me. I really enjoy reading Sci-Fi and Steam Punk, makes me wish my creative brain went in that direction. Just hearing the buzz that this graphic novel was being brought to the big screen after Comic-Con last year had me going all shrieking-fan-girl 🙂 There’s also an interesting story behind this novel’s progression to the big screen. Seems Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios, the comic book company behind Men in Black and Witchblade, came up with the concept and trademarked the name Cowboys & Aliens back in 1997. He then took the name and a cover illustration to the movie studios to try and get them interested before a book had even been written. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks bought film rights based on his concept pitch! The original screen writer hired by the studio became sidelined with other projects and the movie never got off the ground. In 2004 Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights, but again, never made it through story development. Rosenberg rounded up his own writers, Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, with penciler Luciano Lima, and published the graphic novel in 2006. After the huge success of the novel’s release–thanks to an insane funding/promotional campaign by Rosenberg–Universal Pictures and DreamWorks re-acquired the rights and BA-DA-BOOM, I get my movie 😀
Makes it all sound so easy, huh? The previews look amazing!
Here’s a short synopsis of the movie: In 1873 Arizona, a loner named Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns that he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people, including Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), who rules the town with an iron fist. Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when alien spaceships attack the town. While his shackle holds the key to defeating the aliens, Lonergan must ally with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against them.
For those who haven’t seen a movie preview….enjoy 😀
Twenty more days!!! Anyone else counting down?