Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment, along with Governor Bill Richardson, have announced that the action thriller Cowboys & Aliens will shoot in New Mexico. The film is scheduled to shoot mid-June through mid-August and is expected to employ approximately 150 cast and crew from New Mexico.
The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name from Platinum Studios. Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Bobby Cohen and Denis L. Stewart will serve as the executive producers with Jon Favreau directing. The film will star Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
“New Mexico is the perfect location for this major production of a classic American Wild West tale with a high-tech science-fiction twist,” said Governor Richardson. “Film production continues to pump money into New Mexico’s economy and create jobs for New Mexicans, and it is one of the consistent bright spots in these challenging economic times.”
Described as a cross between a classic Western with an alien-invasion movie, Cowboys & Aliens promises to take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. The film hits theaters on July 29, 2011.
The production team is joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Cowboys & Aliens is produced by Grazer, Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and it is written by Kurtzman & Orci & Damon Lindelof.
Dreamworks has released the official plot synopsis for the next Jon Favreau film, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford (that second name still makes me really happy to type):
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at www.nmfilm.com.