Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the team who wrote the latest Star Trek film) have completed a new script for the long-in-development Cowboys and Aliens adaptation, and recently discussed the project with reporters, including Sci-Fi Wire.
“We literally handed it in yesterday,” Kurtzman told reporters on August 6, adding that they’re hoping for feedback as soon as today.
“We’re just literally waiting to hear if they hate it or what,” said Orci. “We’re waiting to hear from the principals. We try not to turn it in until we think it’s ready. Obviously, there are always things you can improve.”
The screenplay was co-written with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, and is now in front of producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg.
Regarding Robert Downey Jr.’s potential involvement with the project, as of now, the actor isn’t sure based on his busy schedule, which includes more Iron Man films, and at least one Avengers movie. However, he will have a chance to review the script, according to reports.
Downey told MTV News in April “I don’t know what I’ve got coming up,” when asked whether the film was still on his radar.
MTV Splash Page posted this quote from Orci:
“He’s one of the busiest men on the face of the Earth,” Orci said of the actor. “If the schedule can line up, we’d absolutely love it.”
Cowboys and Aliens is tentatively scheduled to be in theaters in 2011, with a possible reported release date of June 24th.