Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk about the Tone of COWBOYS & ALIENS

Jon Favreau is currently in the middle of production for his next comic book film, Cowboys & Aliens. If you were at Comic-Con this last year then you got a chance to see some great footage for the film, whch made the film look like it was going to be great. 

Now in a recent interview, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk about the tone of the film, and what we can expect to see. Kurtzman said,

I think the tone of this is the whole ballgame in a lot of ways. Both genres run the gamut from Space Balls to 2001, and Wild Wild West to Unforgiven, so figuring out where this movie lived, and the various degrees between those movies, was the challenge of figuring out its tone.

We always describe it as, “Imagine you’re watching Unforgiven, and the aliens from Alien land,” but we’re never doing it tongue in cheek, we’re never doing wink, wink at the audience, we are committed to a very serious tone for both, which doesn’t preclude a lot of fun, but I think you have to take both genres seriously, and the collision of the genres seriously, or the movie will not work.

I love what Kurtzman say's here because that's exactly how I imagine this movie being. Unforgiven with Aliens? How can you not like that tone! It's badass! I'm looking forward to this and there's no doubt in my mind that the movie is going to be a ton of fun. 

What do you all think about what Kurtzman had to say here?

Official Plot Synopsis:

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.

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