'Cowboys & Aliens' screenwriters on why you should see 'Cowboys & Aliens'

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They are, admittedly, biased. But Cowboys & Aliens screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) have three good reasons why people should go see Cowboys & Aliens, their new genre-mixing sci-fi western starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, opening July 29.

1. Because the film represents the collective wisdom of a highly advanced alien species: producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and exec-producer Steven Spielberg. “It’s an historic match up of talent,” Orci tells EW. “The keepers of the western and the sci-fi genres — Howard and Spielberg — hashing their point of view onto this new generation in [director] Jon Favreau. They were like referees as the rest of us generated the story. They would push us back on the field if we went too wrong on the western or too wrong on the aliens.” 

2. Because it’s the first hip-hop summer tent pole. Not musically, of course, but in mixing different genres in order to create something new and original. “We’re not asking the audience to acclimate themselves to something unfamiliar, but at the same time we’re hoping this feels fresh,” says Kurtzman. “It’s something you really haven’t seen before.” Adds Orci, “This sort of genre mash-up relects a movement in music, to sample and mix stuff together. But, in a way, we’re mixing genres that have already been mixed. Star Wars is a space western. Star Trek was pitched as Wagon Train to the stars. We’re just not hiding it in this movie.”

3. Because Harrison Ford didn’t wear the chaps. “There were a few situations between Ford and Craig,” Orci confides. “They were like two bulls coming into the ring and they did sort of do the thing with the foot. Like when they were picking out clothes. Harrison joked that he wanted the chaps but then he saw Daniel in them with his ass sticking out, and he was like, ‘You keep the chaps.’ They busted each others’ balls like guys on a sports team. But they really came to respect each other.”

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  • E L

    Fun fact: early reviews are all saying that the screenwriting is the lousiest aspect of this movie.

    • Stygian Scribe

      Interesting. Here are some quotes from Hollywood Reporter’s review:

      “this one devotes a gratifying amount of time to character”

      “As good as the visual effects are, you walk away from the movie with a memory of actors’ faces, lines of dialogue and actions that speak more to character than to shock and awe.”

  • Henri M.

    Wow, talk about desperate.

  • Scrooge McDuck

    Summer of disappointment…seeing lackluster reviews already

    • Stygian Scribe

      Five out of six reviews posted on Rotten Tomatoes as of today are positive. The only dissenting voice is from Boxoffice Magazine.

  • Cowpoke

    I’m psyched for the sequel: Ninjas vs. Robin Hood!

  • Mr. Cinema

    Variety and Hollywood Reporter both gave it excellent reviews actually. Overall, the reviews are much better than expected.

    • E L

      I think that has more to do with the direction and acting than it does with the script. Everyone else is saying the script is the weak link.

      Look at Star Trek. Entertaining movie thanks to a game cast and good direction, but it’s script is not that great. Same two writers to boot.

  • BG 17

    These guys realize that they are talking to EW, right? The home of the biggest Firefly fanbase this side of Browncoats.com? Cowboys and Aliens doesn’t seem that original to those of us who loved Mal & Co…

  • EC

    they are advertising the crap out of this movie, and sorry, it looks terrible. Reminds me so much of Wild Wild West with Will Smith.

  • Clete

    It may be a good movie, it looks well-made and well-acted, but these two types of movies, a western and a sci-fi, seem an odd mix.

    • Vijay

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