'Star Trek' Writers Veer From Comic Book For 'Cowboys & Aliens' Screenplay

Cowboys and AliensThe upcoming film adaptation of the sci-fi western “Cowboys and Aliens” will be radically different from the original comic book, according to screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

“We went away from it,” Kurtzman told IGN during the 2009 Screenwriting Expo. “We took the elements we all loved about it and took our own story, which I can't tell you too much about."

The screenwriting duo behind “Fringe” and “Star Trek” also revealed that they have struggled to find the right tone for “Cowboys & Aliens.” (A problem that Jon Favreau addressed—and likened to several films—in an exclusive interview with MTV News.)

“How do you make it so it's not too funny?” Orci asked. “You hear the title ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and think, what is it? Is it ‘Wild, Wild West’? The exact same structure and story can kill you if you have the wrong tone. That's the hard part."

"It's not a comedy,” Kurtzman added. “What we came to is imagine you're watching ‘Unforgiven’ and then the aliens from ‘Alien’ land."

“Cowboys & Aliens” has seemingly been on the fast track at Dreamworks and Universal ever since it was announced last month that Jon Favreau has signed on to direct the film, reuniting him with “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. However, due to Favreau’s intense “Iron Man 2” schedule, Kurtzman and Orci have only recently been able to refine the story with him.

How do you feel about the potential changes to “Cowboys & Aliens”? Have you read the original comic by Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!