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First Look at Teaser Trailer For Cowboys & Aliens – Written By Orci, Kurtzman & Lindelof November 17, 2010

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Before Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof started working on the script for the Star Trek sequel, the movie that was taking up much of their time for the last year is the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens. A teaser trailer along with a number of images were released today. To find out what they have been up to, check it all out below.


Trailer for Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens was written by Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof, adapted from the comic book, and directed by Jon Favreau.  Orci and Kurtzman are also producing, along with Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer. The film stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford who are fighting off aliens in the old west. Here is the just released trailer:

Cowboys & Aliens will be in theaters July 29, 2011.

More details and images

Here is the full synopsis and more images:


Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

The script for Cowboys & Aliens is by Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof (television’s Lost), based on Platinum Studios’ graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Grazer, Howard, Rosenberg, Kurtzman and Orci produce. Spielberg and Denis L. Stewart executive produce.



On the web:

Official Site: 



Harrison Ford Talks Cowboys & Aliens

While promoting Morning Glory (produced by Star Trek’s JJ Abrams & Bryan Burk), Harrison Ford talked to Access Hollywood about Cowboys & Aliens (and Indy 5).


1. tribblicious - November 17, 2010

Has anybody read the comic? What do the aliens look like?

2. gingerly - November 17, 2010

This is the movie I’m most looking forward to this summer!! :D
Thank you, for adapting something original.

3. garen - November 17, 2010

lookin good.

4. TedW - November 17, 2010

Ok… That looks really interesting.

5. Anthony Pascale - November 17, 2010

The guys were out in New Mexico writing the story for Star Trek during production on this movie. I wonder if any of that western vibe rubbed off onto the star trek sequel?

6. Simon - November 17, 2010

Visual Effects and Animation by INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC


7. NX01 - November 17, 2010

Gotta say, this is looking better and better!!

8. CmdrR - November 17, 2010

5 — So you’re saying ST12 is “Spectre of the Gun” with enough budget to finish the buildings? Cool.

“Cowboys and Aliens” looks like a summer blockbuster. And that’s fine. I keep hoping that Trek will include some smaller themes. We’ve seen the boys save the universe so many times, it’s a little old. How about getting Kirk to stick with one woman for more than a week? That’d be an interesting story.

9. MikeTen - November 17, 2010

That trailer was impressive, most impressive. Oops, wrong franchise. Kapla!

10. Tony Hardy - November 17, 2010

John Eaves (Star Trek) created a lot of designs for this film. He said he had a great time working on it.

11. Mark Storey - November 17, 2010

Actually can’t wait for this one. Been waiting to see some footage/trailer for a while. Of course it’s only a teaser BUT so far so good.

12. Vultan - November 17, 2010

Wow, Harrison Ford was born to wear a wide-brimmed hat. But I’m guessing from the trailer this isn’t a sequel to “The Frisco Kid” (1979).


13. somethoughts - November 17, 2010

Pretty cool, sorta like James Bond meets ID with westerns thrown in.

14. Anthony Thompson - November 17, 2010

Hey Bob,

Looks like fun! I’ll be going.

15. somethoughts - November 17, 2010


I hope not Anthony, I prefer a more futuristic sci fi star trek that stirs up controversy and creates a new standard for film making

16. Phil - November 17, 2010

Trailer looks good. There is a fake one floating around for Green Lantern that rips off the ST09 trailer so bad – make me wonder if the guys who lifted the soundtrack and scenes really though no one would notice.

Harrison Ford looks good. Enough good names attached to make this interesting.

17. somethoughts - November 17, 2010

The only issue I have with this concept is if Aliens can traverse vast distances to earth, thousands of years at light speed, surely the aliens can vaporize the guys on the horses.

Even earth’s crude Abomb built in the early 1900s can kill the guys on the horses, my only complaint about this type of film.

Reminded me of the Borg Sphere firing cheap shots of phaser pulses at the pheonix in first contact.

18. florian - November 17, 2010

idk if im not open minded enough or such but the idea of cowboys vs aliens feels absolutely ridiculous (sorry for the bad english).

19. Areli - November 17, 2010

Wow…Olivia Wilde has been busy! :D Lol, I already want to see this movie. It is like Bond mixed with an old Western film and then somebody threw in alien tech and invasions. :D Actually reminds me of his one episode of JLU…

20. ensign joe - November 17, 2010

good trailer.. might have to check this one out..

hope it has as much Harrison Ford in it as the trailer seems to portray..

21. The Bandit Bo Darville - November 17, 2010


22. gingerly - November 17, 2010


I hope it does rub off. :) That’s closer to the original TOS pitch!

Though it ended up being more of a submarine drama in space in many of the”gun battle” episodes.

When I think of a western of think of the drama of antagonism embodied in tense and deceptively simple scenes, be that a gun battle or the dialogue leading up to it.

With all the heavy-handed bombast I see in films today, basically killing the “cool” by overdoing it, that’s just the kind of influence a franchise like Trek’s needs.

…Something real to keep hold on so it doesn’t get lost in the special-effects.

23. Vultan - November 17, 2010

Wait a minute… two guys who intensely dislike each other come together to fight an alien threat. So, it’s Trek ’09 with horses? ;)

24. dmduncan - November 17, 2010

Lookin good!

25. AJ - November 17, 2010

Looks like it’s gonna be good!

26. Battle-scarred Sciatica - November 17, 2010

Hope there is a campfire and beans scene…

27. Hugh Hoyland - November 17, 2010

Didnt know much about the Comic, now I’ll have to pick it up lol Either way, from what I see here it looks like this could be a really cool flick! Will check it out.

I want to ask Bob is it easier and or different to make a screen play from a novel or comic than it is from scratch for him. And any tips on that for a newbie writter. I want to adopt “Last and First Men” to a screen play. I read the books, but I’m still not 100% certain how to approach it yet.

28. cpelc - November 17, 2010

In additional news…. ‘Antimatter’ captured by CERN scientists in dramatic physics breakthrough

29. crazydaystrom - November 17, 2010

I hope this one’s good and interesting. It’s been years since Harrison Ford’s impressed me but I like for him to do it again.

C&A already has one strike against it as far as I’m concerned. It really bugs me when westerns are too “clean”. The costumes in the trailer (especially Craigs) are super-cut, tailored, pressed and …..too clean, even when it seems they’re not supposed to be.

More authentic western costumes and sets would make the juxtaposition with the sci-fi elements more jarring and interesting, IMHO.

Still I hope it’s good.

30. Viking - November 17, 2010

#5 Anthony – I remember that subject came up with one of the guys in an article I read online earlier this summer, or thereabouts – can’t remember where I read it or who they were talking to, but I do remember the same question popped up in the interview. And I’ll be damned if I can’t remember what the response was either. LOL Might be a good question to toss at Bob when he pops in. It would be a good tip o’ the phaser to the ‘wagon train to the stars’ concept.

31. cleverclogs - November 17, 2010


32. Viking - November 17, 2010

#26 – it’ll make for one helluva good ‘Blazing Saddles’ mash-up on YouTube when it makes it to DVD. LOL!

33. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - November 17, 2010

WOW!. I was looking forward to it before now im just plain excited. It looks to start out like any ole westeren but changes to something so great. Seeing Harrison Ford in this movie will be awesome. Bob and Comp. You guys are realy outdoing your selves. Oh. Love your work on Hawaii five O and can’t wait for Trek 12.

34. Dee - November 17, 2010

Yeah! …Looks Great!!!

35. Denny - November 17, 2010

Harrison Ford for the Trek sequel as Kirk Prime!

36. Sebastian - November 17, 2010

Looks like a LOT of fun!

And if Jon Favreau can remember the light and breezy touch he brought to the first IRON MAN movie (and seemed to forget by the plodding, heavy-handed second one), this could be a really neat movie; perhaps everything the terrible 1998 bastardization of WILD WILD WEST should have been. I welcome another stab at the somewhat rare hybrid of science fiction and western (“Firefly” was proof that it CAN be done well…).

Anyway, this trailer really had my attention (enough to tantalize, but not to spoil). Great cast, too! Can’t wait. ; )

37. Chingatchgook - November 17, 2010

It kind of reminds me of a Harry Turtledove novel. Looks cool.

38. Jim Nightshade - November 17, 2010

Nice–after seeing more scenes of green lantern on et that looked amazing–bet gl n cowboys are gonna be the big blockbusters next summer with potter part 2 of course–

39. Third Remata'Klan - November 17, 2010

I’m not huge on the poster…

But I am so STOKED for this movie! The only must-see that I know of from 2011 so far…

40. CAPT KRUNCH - November 17, 2010

awesome..I hope chewbacca jumps out of one of those ships…hope this is better than Jonah Hex!!!

41. Thorny - November 17, 2010

Star Trek: Enterprise, “North Star” – The Prequel?

Looks good!

42. Red Dead Ryan - November 17, 2010

Looks like another “Bob & Alex” classic! Really looking forward to this! Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Excellent!

43. Phil - November 17, 2010

40. CAPT KRUNCH – November 17, 2010

I suspect that a 90 minute video of a boil being lanced would be better the Jonah Hex….

44. Buzz Cagney - November 17, 2010

Looks like fun.

45. Sebi - November 17, 2010

Hm, I was waiting for Ford to say: I have a baaaaad feeling….

Trailer looks great, cant wait!

46. Basement Blogger - November 17, 2010

@ 12

Ha ha, Vultan. Yeah it might be a sequel to the “Frisco Kid” (1979) if Gene Wilder is in the cast. Is he?

Oh and speaking of aliens, the NEW GREEN LANTERN TRAILER IS OUT! Yahoo just posted it. Love those aliens! Tomar Re. Abin Sur. And of course Kilowog! Link below.

47. Chasco - November 17, 2010

The plot looks amazingly similar to the recent ‘High Plains Invaders’ which starred James Marsters. Check it out on DVD

48. CarlG - November 18, 2010

Daniel Craig’s wearing a Pip-Boy? :)

49. Vultan - November 18, 2010


“…if Gene Wilder is in the cast. Is he?”

One would hope. :D

50. Basement Blogger - November 18, 2010

@ 49

Speaking of Gene Wilder, the press release describes the film as one “that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way:” BLAZING? Could there be a black sheriff? Does Daniel Craig wake up and see the Count Basie band playing “April in Paris?” Will there be cowboys sitting around the campfire eating beans?

51. Digginjim - November 18, 2010

This looks superb! I’m already in line for it….

52. Andy Patterson - November 18, 2010

Don’t know the source material but it looks cool.

53. ensign joe - November 18, 2010

@46 LOL

Heeeerre chicken chicken chicken… I don’t want to hurt you.. I just want to eat you..

loves me some Frisco Kid..

Don’t… … talk about snow..

54. Tony Whitehead - November 18, 2010

Anthony, I sense a spin-off website entitled “Cowboys&”

This looks to be a winner for sure. What a production team and cast they’ve assembled!

55. Daoud - November 18, 2010

@17, 18…. Cowboys and Aliens makes just as much sense as Indepedence Day… in that any alien race able to make it here could vaporize us in just about any century.

However, we always give H.G. Wells War of the Worlds credit for the novel approach, that Gaia herself devises a biological way to overcome alien invasions.

56. P Technobabble - November 18, 2010

55. Daoud

“…However, we always give H.G. Wells War of the Worlds credit for the novel approach, that Gaia herself devises a biological way to overcome alien invasions…”

I think it’s interesting to note that when Spielberg’s remake came out, a number of critics were of the opinion that the ending was lame.
I agree with those who think “War of the Worlds” had a good ending, and made a lot of sense… rather than humans getting hold of an alien ship, then figuring out how to inject a virus into the aliens’ computers — as if aliens might even have computers, and our viruses could have any effect on them. I’m all for suspension of disbelief, but really…
(I still think George Pal’s 1953 version is the superior version).

I will say, however, I think “Cowboys and Aliens” looks like a fun movie in the same way “Independence Day” was a fun movie. We’ll soon find out how this movie fares. Meanwhile, I’ve read some reviews of “Skyline,” and most people are saying the film is a real stinker.

57. satchel40 - November 18, 2010

as Luke Skywalker once said to Harrison Ford: “What a piece of junk!”

58. Chadwick - November 18, 2010

written by Orci, Kurtzman, and Lindelof. Staring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, and Olivia Wilde! I can’t wait!!!!!!

59. Red Dead Ryan - November 18, 2010


In the words of Darth Vader: “I find your lack of faith disturbing!”

60. somethoughts - November 18, 2010


I agree just look at the flu, aids, hurricanes, tornadoes etc. Heck even lightning and storms can take out these advance ships.

61. Andy Patterson - November 18, 2010

@ 50 ” Does Daniel Craig wake up and see the Count Basie band playing “April in Paris?” ”

My favorite post of the day. Anyone who knows Basie and April in Paris…

Watched this again….still looks cool to me.

62. Losira - November 18, 2010

I remember a new outer limits story that did a cowboy VS alien story. That was a good tale. I’ve always liked sci-fi western stories. Well look at FireFly, Bravestarr the concept is a winner. From what I’ve seen this new movie is going to be a super winner! Can’t. Wait

63. CarlG - November 18, 2010

@50, 61: Needs more Hedley Lamarr and Lili von Schtupp. ;)

64. skyjedi - November 18, 2010

Indiana Jones and James Bond in a movie together, its like 1989 all over again,lol.

65. AdamTrek - November 19, 2010

The guy that gets pulled up or sucked up off of the horse: you can see the wire. Nice.


66. keachick - November 19, 2010

Harrison Ford as prime Kirk? No, Kirk has more class than Harrison Fod could ever bring to the character. I groaned when I read that Chris Pine said he modelled some of his Kirk on Hans Solo and Harrison Ford. Fortunately, he had not really done that.

Having said that, Harrison Ford does look in his element in this trailer. I am not sure about Daniel Craig though. The trailer does look interesting. Might have to check it out whenever it comes down our way.

67. gingerly - November 19, 2010



SACRILEGE!! How dare you blaspheme the name of Han, the coolest rogue who’s ever been in space.

I guess when Gaila made her little confession, Kirk’s “I know.” got stuck in his throat.

68. ColonyEarth - November 19, 2010

#2 – You do realize that what you said is an oxymoron, right? To adapt something original? If it’s an adaptation, then it is by definition not original.

That said, this movie looks like it’s going to be a frakkin’ blast! A dream cast, dream writers and dream producing team, with a dash of dream director.

It has all the ingredients. It will therefore, be a strong indicator for the season. If such a film turns out not to live up to expectations, then that’s not such a good sign for the summer season.

Could also explain the whole Wild, Wild West revival.

“Quick, what have we got that’s a western with some science fiction mixed in. ”
“Well, Sir, there’s that old 60’s series, The Wild, Wild West. What with Star Trek doing so well and all…”
“Let’s get those guys to reboot it!”
“They’re not available, Sir. They’re working on the 2nd Trek movie and they just did Hawaii Five – 0. They also wrote COWBOYS AND ALIENS, so…they’re kinda busy.”
“What about that other Trek guy who rebooted that Battleship…something or other? Didn’t he just have his show cancelled?”
“You mean, Ron Moore, Sir?”
“Ron Moore, makes me think of Roger Moore…now there was a Bond! Let’s get him!”
“He’s not Roger Moore, though, Sir.”
“I don’t care! I like it!”

There is a 95% probability that the conversation went exactly as stated.


69. sean - November 19, 2010

Anyone pointing out that the concept is ridiculous is kind of missing the point, right? OF COURSE IT’S RIDICULOUS. That’s the fun!

70. Basement Blogger - November 19, 2010

The film looks interesting. But it does raise a question. Assuming aliens exist, I’m talking about extraterrestrials not the illegal kind, how come hostile aliens haven’t attacked the planet in the past.? You’ve heard that Dr. Stephen Hawking thinks it’s a bad idea to contact aliens because they might want our planet’s resources. Maybe the aliens discover us because of our radio and television signals. I can’t see why they would want to invade us if they saw “The Jerry Springer Show.” And for our future’s sake, let’s hope the pizza delivery guy Fry doesn’t derail the broadcast of the “Dancing with the Stars” finale.

Maybe it’s possible we’ve got some help. Maybe Star Trek is telling more truth than fiction. Remember TOS episode “Assignment Earth?” Gary Seven was a human sent by aliens to help us evolve. Perahps, there could be an advanced alien race looking after us.

71. Vultan - November 19, 2010


“Dancing with the Stars”? Don’t you mean “Single Female Lawyer”?


72. MJ - November 20, 2010

I must say the trailer doesn’t look that good. I was assuming that a film like this would have some humor and be done in good fun. Taking a concept like Cowboys and Aliens and making a real serious dark movie seems to miss the mark in my opinion.

73. DJT - November 20, 2010

Well, *I’m* looking forward to this movie.

74. dmduncan - November 20, 2010

Trailer looks even better on the big screen. Got a good reaction at The Deathly Hallows today.

75. MJ - November 20, 2010

Well, I also thought the bracelet with the laser weapons built in was pretty cheesy. I guess I was expecting something fun like Independence Day meets Silverado, but this looks more like Unforgiven meets District 9, with this cheesy Last Starfighter-looking wrist-band laser weapons pod thrown in. Sometimes trailers can be misleading though, so I will keep an open mind to it. Unlike Harry Potter though — not my cup of tea — I stopped drinking the Potter “Kool Aid” after movie #2 — it just seems lame to me.

76. MJ - November 20, 2010

@69 “Anyone pointing out that the concept is ridiculous is kind of missing the point, right? OF COURSE IT’S RIDICULOUS. That’s the fun!”

If “that’s the fun” then why does is look so serious and dark? Why doesn’t it look ridiculous and fun as you suggest? Perhaps you are missing a point here as well? :-)

77. Harry Ballz - November 21, 2010

I assume that, instead of fun, the writers wanted to depict how real cowboys of that era would realistically respond to such a strange turn of events. Probably the right way to go. If you had Ford and Craig cracking jokes as they battled the aliens, you’d have many people saying, “what a waste of good actors in such a silly movie!”

78. Harry Ballz - November 21, 2010

I posted that last comment 7 hours ago….what, nobody wants to debate it?:>)

79. boborci - November 21, 2010

77. oh, alright.

Who the hell wants to see an un-fun cowboy movie.? Cowboy movies are dead anyway. And nobody remembers Wild Wild WEST.

Plus, Harrison was hilarious in Working Girl, and heard he is hilarious in Morning Glory. so he can do funny. And Daniel looks like he’s just playing bond in a cowboy hat. Yawn. I’ll pass.

80. boborci - November 21, 2010

77. havent’ been to my office in a week. Will check tomorrow when I go.

81. Vultan - November 21, 2010

Well, cowboy movies aren’t dead for me, and this one looks good so far. I think you can have serious and fun in the same movie. Iron Man did a pretty good job with that. Oh, and there was that “Star-something-or-other” movie last year. You know, that one with the green-blooded guy with the pointy ears. :D

82. Jai - November 22, 2010

“The customer reviews also very positive too.”

I’ll try again: “The customer reviews are very positive too.”

83. Gary - November 22, 2010

*I* remember Wild Wild West. I watched the reruns when I was a kid. That was an awesome show.

84. MJ - November 22, 2010

@79. Bob, your post gives me hope that this movie will be fun after all and that maybe the trailer is not a true representation of the movie…OK, my friend, I am going to give it a rest here and trust you again…I am such a wuss to back down so easily, I know. :-)

85. dmduncan - November 22, 2010

I’m just hoping it has a strong central message about fighting strange beings in uniforms who hold you against your will and probe your genitalia.

86. Harry Ballz - November 22, 2010



oooooh, you have a dark sense of humour and………………


(either that or you DID see my post on the Warner Brothers/JFK thread?)

in case my postcard got lost, my e-mail is

My real name is Michael Appleton.

87. boborci - November 23, 2010

84. MJ – November 22, 2010

Ha! Don’t give up! need the criticism!

88. StarMan127 - November 23, 2010

Finally a fun movie with a cool idea!! Can’t wait to see it.

89. dmduncan - November 23, 2010

You want criticism? In that shot of Craig and Ford looking at each other, Craig’s outfit looks two sizes too small! Who clothed that cowboy — Zebadiah Hilfiger? ;-)

90. Vultan - November 23, 2010


Nah, that what does done by that frontier tailor, Elim Garak.
“Plain, simple Garak.”


91. somethoughts - November 24, 2010


Earth was visited in the past, every civilization talks about Gods and how they come down from the heavens, hello! Aliens coming from outer space and landing on earth to bring wisdom and technology.

Just look at the Sumerians. They even found ancient tablets that tells of a story of how the Gods, Annunaki came to earth to mine for gold and created humans to be their slaves/miners.

Imagine if both Creation and Evolution is correct! How awesome would that be, the missing link is them! God created humans in their image.

The whole Adam and Eve story maybe true after all :) Maybe this is why Humans love Gold so much and how we work so hard.

If it is true, maybe someday our creators will return and demand all the gold in fort knox :)

92. Harry Ballz - November 25, 2010

….and when they find it empty, boy, will they be pissed!

Quick, everybody look busy!

93. Red Dead Ryan - November 25, 2010

Let’s just hope these aliens aren’t in need of platinum…….there isn’t very much of that around!

94. dmduncan - November 25, 2010

92. Harry Ballz – November 25, 2010

Not empty. There’s plenty of chocolate under all that foil.

95. Harry Ballz - November 25, 2010


So, what you’re saying is that when the aliens open the vault to Fort Knox, they will look inside, turn to each other, and proclaim, “foiled again!”

96. Basement Blogger - November 26, 2010

@ 95

Oh Harry….

97. Harry Ballz - November 26, 2010


yes, I admit that one was a real groaner! :>) is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.