CBR: Favreau Mixes "Cowboys & Aliens"
Jon Favreau spoke with CBR News about the joining together of Western and sci-fi films in "Cowboys & Aliens" with the director expressing his confidence in his ability to successful merge the two genres.
Full article here.
When I first heard the title, I laughed but I like most of Jon Favreau's films. This preview however looks pretty frickin' sweet! I think Westerns are coming back in a big way.
A Sci-Fi Western with Aliens. Nuff Said!
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Straight up Westerns have struggled at the box office for a while. Hybrid/mash-ups like this seem to be Hollywood's way of trying to slide them in under the radar. Didn't work with Jonah Hex, but this looks much more promising.
Originally Posted by Pyramid
I think westerns are in the same limbo that pirate movies were in some years ago. Few are made and when they are, it's something like CUTTHROAT ISLAND. It fails, and people say, "I guess no one wants to see a pirate movie."
Well, no. People just don't want to see a pirate movie that obviously sucks.
JONAH HEX (which I saw in theater) would have done so much better if the studio had simply trusted the material and made a low budget western in the style of the old spaghettis or at least Sam Raimi's THE QUICK AND THE DEAD. Hell, even the "weird western" route would've worked if they'd looked at what Lansdale and Truman had done in the comics.
The movie that came out this past summer was just all over the place and bad. Which is a shame as Josh Brolin deserves better. He should star in some decent westerns before it's too late.
Anyway, between TRUE GRIT and COWBOYS AND ALIENS and RED DEAD REDEMPTION I think it possible that the western may make a comeback. Really looking forward to both of the movies.
One more thing, the article refers to "the late Ray Harryhausen." He's not died yet.
An awful lot will depend on tone.