Cowboys and extraterrestrials, two great tastes that taste great together, will be coming together on the big screen in an adaptation of Platinum Studios Comics' graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens. According to a report in Variety, the comic will be adapted as a live action feature by Dream Works and Universal Pictures. Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce along with Platinum Studios chairman-CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg who was the head of Malibu Comics back when they were publishing Men In Black. Also producing will be Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who also scripted this summer's Transformers). Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will co-produce. Screenplay will be by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who also penned Children of Men and the eagerly anticipated Marvel Comics adaptation Iron Man. No mention yet of who might direct.

Set in Arizona in the 1800s, the genre melding Cowboys & Aliens begins when a battle between Apaches and cowboys is interrupted by the arrival of an alien craft whose commander wants to enslave mankind, and the two warring factions must join forces to defeat the invaders. The graphic novel, which was published in 2006 based on ideas created by Rosenberg, has an official website which you can see here, and the graphic novel itself can be read online in its entirety here.
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