The new Cowboys & Aliens trailer that debuted on Super Bowl Sunday managed to grab some of the early buzz as the films director, Jon Favreau, got onto twitter several hours prior to its broadcast in order to highlight its online availability. The folks at Entertainment Weekly managed to pin him down for some Q&A about the trailer and the film, with some key excerpts included here that may ease the minds of some as well as cause others to rank this film higher:
“We wanted to reveal the tone a little bit more,” he says. “The first one [from November] … people didn’t know if it was meant to be funny, or meant to be dark, but it made an impression. People are getting used to what it is now, they’re aware of the title, and we want to show them it’s an adventure.”
In addition to that, in talking about the aliens themselves, Favreau states "We haven’t shown any of the aliens. We want to hold that back. And all the images we’re showing are from the beginning, up to the first half of the film. We’re not showing a lot of where it goes. The first teaser was showing the opening of the film and a little of the setup. This one is showing more of the sense of adventure as things unfold. We’re just trying to get people’s feet wet."
For those concerned about it being too much of a comedy, bringing back bad, bad memories of Wild Wild West, he tries to allay those fears. "There’s a level of fun, but that doesn’t mean we have to wink. The characters aren’t having fun, but the audience is. We wanted to maintain the integrity of both genres, and focus on a specific aspect of the alien genre which mostly revolves around the films of the ’80s that I grew up with, and I’m lucky enough to be working with [Steven] Spielberg [the Cowboys & Aliens exec producer], who was the author of many of the films we’re using as inspiration. And sometimes it’s fun to play things as thriller, sometimes verging on horror, like Alien or Aliens. We wanted to maintain that gravity."
And what in the trailer caught some peoples attention that will get them to look more closely? Olivia Wilde, nude by a fire. "That’s a moment in the film that may seem out of context, but actually makes a lot of sense in the course of the movie."