'Dead Of Night,' 'Cowboys And Aliens' & 'Atlantis Rising' To Begin Filming In 2009?

'Dead of Night'A trio of Platinum Studios properties headed for theaters -- including "Dead of Night," "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Atlantis Rising" -- are set to begin filming in 2009, according to a recent investor newsletter.

In the text of a letter posted to InvestorsHub, Platinum President and COO Brian Altounian tells investors that "Dead of Night," the movie based on Italian horror comic "Dylan Dog" and set to star "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh, will likely begin principal photography in New Orleans next month. According to Altounian, the film remains on track for a Spring 2010 release despite the "many starts and stops" the project has experienced.

Altounian also provided an update of sorts for two other theater-bound Platinum properties that have made headlines in recent months: "Cowboys and Aliens" (set to be adapted by "Iron Man" writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, with Robert Downey Jr. attached to star) and "Atlantis Rising."

"Cowboys & Aliens is still on track for a 2009 start and Atlantis Rising is expected to follow quickly on its heels," wrote Altounian, "so our relationship with Dreamworks continues to be a source of tremendous pride for the company."

When MTV last spoke to the "Cowboys and Aliens" screenwriters in September, the pair weren't sure of the project's schedule but seemed optimistic that it was still moving forward. They were decidedly less certain of the participation of rising star Downey Jr.

"Atlantis Rising" was announced as a future movie project last month, with writer/director Joby Harold is in talks to pen the script for the film and "Underworld" director Len Wiseman attached to helm the big-screen adaptation. A 2011 release was initially projected for the project.

Any of these projects have your interest piqued? Still think Robert Downey Jr. will star in "Cowboys and Aliens"? Let us know!