'Iron Man' superstar Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal's 'Cowboys & Aliens,' according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on the long-in-development Platinum Studios comic book which centers on an Old West battle between the Apache and Western settlers, including a former Union Army gunslinger named Zeke Jackson (Downey), that is interrupted by a spaceship crashing into the prairie near Silver City, Ariz.
The movie is expected out in 2010.
Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing. Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg also will produce, along with DreamWorks mainstays Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will co-produce.
The project would re-team Downey with 'Iron Man' screenwriters Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus.