Cowboys and AliensJust last month, Robert Downey Jr. told MTV News that he might not be starring in a feature film version of "Cowboys and Aliens" after all, despite earlier reports. But "Cowboys and Aliens" producers and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman haven't given up on getting the actor to star in the adaptation of a Platinum Studios graphic novel.

The pair told SCI FI Wire that they have been speaking with Downey about starring in the movie.

"We've been talking to him about that," Orci said. "He's one of the busiest men on the face of the Earth. If the schedule can line up, we'd absolutely love it." Read More...

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Robert Downey Jr.Word ran last September that “Cowboys and Aliens” seemed on the verge of casting Robert Downey Jr. as its lead, but now the star revealed to MTV News that he's not certain he'll be off to the Wild West anytime soon.

“I don’t know,” Downey responded to MTV News when asked whether the film was still on his radar. “I don’t know what I’ve got coming up.”

He went on to suggest that a potential “Sherlock Holmes 2” might fill his calendar, but where does that leave the Platinum Studios comic adaptation? Read More...

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'Aphrodite IX'3-D continues its comeback today with the announcement that the Top Cow seres "Aphrodite IX" has been picked up by Threshold Entertainment. First Henry Selick fervently stuck to 3-D for filming Neil Gaiman’s "Coraline,", then the makers of NBC's "Chuck" launched a post-Super Bowl event this year by broadcasting an episode in 3-D -- and now Top Cow’s green-haired femme fatale appears to be next.

"This is just the kind of franchise we love: a visually stunning world, amazing effects, a great story and a hot, kick-ass babe in the lead," Threshold’s Larry Kasanoff told The Hollywood Reporter. "What could be better?" Read More...

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'Cowboys and Aliens'Sony Pictures Animation wants a new animated feature from the character library of comic book publisher Platinum Studios. Sony, who also partnered with Platinum CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg on 1997's "Men in Black," revealed that they will tap at least one of Platinum's 5,600 characters to jump onto the big screen.

"I have known and respected Scott Rosenberg for many years as a great resource of characters, stories and ideas," Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Prods, told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're looking forward to working with him and Platinum Studios to develop a feature from their library of stories and characters." Read More...

'Dead of Night'A trio of Platinum Studios properties headed for theaters -- including "Dead of Night," "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Atlantis Rising" -- are set to begin filming in 2009, according to a recent investor newsletter.

In the text of a letter posted to InvestorsHub, Platinum President and COO Brian Altounian tells investors that "Dead of Night," the movie based on Italian horror comic "Dylan Dog" and set to star "Superman Returns" actor Brandon Routh, will likely begin principal photography in New Orleans next month. According to Altounian, the film remains on track for a Spring 2010 release despite the "many starts and stops" the project has experienced.

Altounian also provided an update of sorts for two other theater-bound Platinum properties that have made headlines in recent months: "Cowboys and Aliens" (set to be adapted by "Iron Man" writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, with Robert Downey Jr. attached to star) and "Atlantis Rising." Read More...

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'Atlantis Rising'The big-screen adaptation of Platinum Studios' "Atlantis Rising" could have a writer in the near future. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/director Joby Harold is in talks to pen the script for the film, with Len Wiseman ("Underworld") attached to direct the Dreamworks project.

Harold's most prominent project thus far is the 2007 thriller "Awake," starring Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen, which he wrote and directed. He is also working on an upcoming adaptation of Frank Miller's "Ronin" for Warner Bros.

In the 5-part "Atlantis Rising" miniseries, which concluded in April, a new civilization is discovered deep beneath the sea and goes to war with the planet's land-dwelling inhabitants. The series is written by Scott O. Brown based on a concept by Platinum Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who is producing the film along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Kurtzman and Orci are the duo responsible for scripting "Transformers" and next year's "Star Trek." Read More...

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'Hero By Night'"Hero By Night," the winner of Platinum Studios' 2006 Comic Book Challenge contest, is headed to TV as a live-action series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is being developed by IM Global into an action-adventure program produced by IM Global and Platinum execs.

Created by DJ Coffman, "Hero By Night" follows the adventures of a young landlord who accidentally discovers the secret hideout of a former superhero. The series is one of the most successful titles in Platinum's stable, which also includes "Cowboys and Aliens," an under-the-radar comics optioned ages ago that not only has "Iron Man" screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby tagged to adapt, but Robert Downey Jr. possibly attached as its star.

While the success "Hero By Night" has achieved thus far could mean a better chance of forward movement on the movie front, the series has been the focus of significant controversy in the comics world. Read More...

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'Cowboys and Aliens'Published just over a year ago but pitched around Hollywood for nearly a decade beforehand, Platinum Studios' "Cowboys and Aliens" comic has been the subject of considerable discussion ever since it was optioned well in advance of its first issue hitting shelves -- and even moreso when it was announced in June that "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. was attached to star in the film.

The timeline of this big-screen deal ushered in much of the modern debate over comics' use as stepping stones to television, film or video game properties, and Platinum has since become one of the most prominent companies to make a name for itself buying up the rights to comics with print publication as a secondary goal to big- or small-screen development.

MTV News spoke with "Iron Man" writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo charged with adapting "Cowboys and Aliens" for film to get an update on the project, the rising star of the project's lead actor and what theater-goers can expect to see in the film. Read More...

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Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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