Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Governor Richardson Announces Cowboys & Aliens Will Shoot in New Mexico


Governor Bill Richardson Announces Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment's

Cowboys & Aliens Will Shoot in New Mexico


Film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford


SANTA FE -- Governor Bill Richardson today announced that Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment will shoot the action thriller Cowboys & Aliens in New Mexico.  Production is scheduled to run from mid-June through mid-August and is expected to employ approximately 150 New Mexico cast and crew.


"New Mexico is the perfect location for this major production of a classic American Wild West tale with a high-tech science-fiction twist," said Governor Richardson.  "Film production continues to pump money into New Mexico's economy and create jobs for New Mexicans, and it is one of the consistent bright spots in these challenging economic times."


Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens.  Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—Favreau brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.  The film hits theaters on July 29, 2011.


Cowboys & Aliens is produced by Grazer, Howard, Kurtzman, Orci and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and it is written by Kurtzman & Orci & Damon Lindelof.  The story is based on Platinum Studios' graphic novel of the same name that was created by Rosenberg.  Spielberg, Favreau, Bobby Cohen and Denis L. Stewart serve as the executive producers.


Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003, more than 137 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3 billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.


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