News regarding the adaptation of Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley's "Cowboys and Aliens" has put fans of the sci-fi western source material on something of a seesaw since the property was optioned a few years back. From "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau's tenuous-seeming involvement to various ongoing casting rumors to producers and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof's admission to moving away from the original storyline, it's been hard to get much of a lock on the project.
According to The Daily Beast, however, there's a few details fans can count on: Favreau is on board to direct and the Dreamworks film begins shooting this July.
Of course, there's still a bit of room for speculation, with TDB wondering if the more than $1 billion to-date box office success of James Cameron's "Avatar" might entice filmmakers to render "Cowboys and Aliens" in 3-D.
Even though Dreamworks hasn't confirmed the notion, it's reasonable to imagine the Platinum Studios' comic book plot, which unites rival cowboys and Native Americans against invading aliens on the 19th century Arizona prairie, working with 3-D effects.
Robert Downey Jr. has been one of the film's most talked-about contenders for a starring role, but given his hectic schedule, it's still unclear whether he'll be involved in the film at this point.
No official casting details have been released at this time, but provided the projected July shooting schedule moves forward as planned, such announcements could very well be making their way down the pipeline in the coming months.
Does "Cowboys and Aliens" appeal to your science fiction sensibilities? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!