daniel-craig-bondDaniel Craig is trading his James Bond-issue Walther PPK for a six-shooter. It’s for Cowboys and Aliens, the Jon Favreau directed adaptation of the Platinum Studios graphic novel that DreamWorks and Universal will put into production this year. I hear Craig is in talks to replace Robert Downey Jr, who just dropped out of the film. Sources in the Craig camp admit 007 has an offer, but no deal.

The story is set in the Old West, with cowboys and Native Americans pausing from their battles in Arizona to focus on a spaceship that arrives with a new enemy wielding space-age artillery. While the premise sounds silly, the guys behind Cowboys and Aliens are serious. Producers include Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, and Transformers guys Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Platinum Studios’ Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is also in there.