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Robert Downey, Jr. No Longer Attached to Cowboys and Aliens

Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. has reportedly left the upcoming sci-fi Western movie Cowboys & Aliens to work out a deal on a potential Sherlock Holmes sequel, according to a reported published Monday, January 11 in The Los Angeles Times.  However, director Jon Favreau, who worked previously with Downey, Jr. on Iron Man, will remain on board for the adaptation of the 2006 graphic novel.

The production of Cowboys & Aliens is expected to begin later this year, and is slated for a summer 2011 release.  The story focuses on Zeke Jackson (the character Downey was set to portray), a gunslinger in the mid-19th century who leads a group of cowboys and Apache Indians against an alien invasion in Arizona. 

However, Downey Jr.’s involvement with Cowboys & Aliens, while rumored to be true as recently as this fall, was never actually confirmed.  The actor told MTV News in April that his involvement was uncertain.  While the Sherlock Holmes sequel isn’t confirmed as of yet, either, it certainly looks good.  The film, which opened on Christmas Day, is on its way to the $300 million mark, and Downey, Jr. has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor. 

The screenplay for Cowboys & Aliens was written by Star Trek and Transformers writers  Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Lost producer Damon Lindelof, and reportedly steers away from the storyline used in the graphic novel.  It also may be filmed in 3D, after the overwhelming success of James Cameron’s recent movie Avator.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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