For a time, the only thing unlikelier than an actual altercation between cowboys and aliens was the prospect of seeing comic book adaptation "Cowboys and Aliens" in theaters with Robert Downey Jr. front and center. But today, fans are one step closer to that surreal reality.
"Star Trek" writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman penned the screenplay for "Cowboys and Aliens," and recently told Sci Fi Wire that after months of deliberations and drafts, the script is finally turned in.
"We literally handed it in yesterday," Kurtzman told reporters on August 6, noting that they'll hopefully hear feedback as soon as the following Monday—which is, interestingly enough, today.
"We're just literally waiting to hear if they hate it or what," Orci said regarding feedback on the script. "We're waiting to hear from the principals. We try not to turn it in until we think it's ready. Obviously, there are always things you can improve."
The screenplay was written by the aforementioned pair in collaboration with "Lost" co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof. The trio's script now faces the judgment of producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg. Even prospective star Robert Downey Jr. will have a chance to read the story, despite previously expressing uncertainty about his involvement in the film.
"I don't know," Downey told MTV News in April when asked whether the film was still on his radar. "I don't know what I've got coming up."
While the writers said they'd spoken with Downey about the role, they conceded it might not work out.
"He's one of the busiest men on the face of the Earth," Orci said of the actor. "If the schedule can line up, we'd absolutely love it."
With the screenplay turned in, it's only a matter of time before we find out if RDJ's schedule is open enough to pit pistols against death rays.
Are you excited for "Cowboys and Aliens"? Will Robert Downey Jr. find his way into the film?