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Robert Downey, Jr. Dumps Jon Favreau for Guy Ritchie

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 12, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 12, 2010 |

First the Spider-Man reboot, and now this: According to the LA Times’s Steven Zeitchik (that sister-fucking cumguzzling Hillbilly felcher — sorry, I just watched the “Better off Ted” Video), Robert Downey, Jr. is dropping out of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens, which is set to begin filming in July. Now the movie — based on a serialized graphic novel about aliens who land in Arizona in the mid-19th century and attempt to enslave the population — will have to find a new leading man, assuming that Favreau himself continues with the project without his action-hero muse.

The reason? Scheduling conflicts. The conflict? According to EW, it’s a Sherlock Holmes sequel. Indeed, though Warner Brothers hasn’t officially greenlit a sequel, with a $300 million worldwide gross so far (and counting), it seemed all but inevitable, made even more so by the fact that Kieran and Michele Mulroney were commissioned to pen the sequel back in September. Warners is hoping to get the cast together quickly (and possibly Brad Pitt, as Moriarty) and begin filming in June, which would clearly conflict with Cowboys and Angels.

I see this as great news — I dug the hell out of Sherlock Holmes for its pure escapist joy, and while I would’ve no doubt liked Downey in Cowboys and Aliens, that whole premise reminds me far too much of Wild Wild West, and I just don’t think I can take another giant robotic spider. Plus, hey! More Sherlock. And considering that Downey has no other go projects on the horizon, we might just have to settle in for a few years of alternating Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes sequels.

There are worse fates.

And while we’re on the subject of Downey, here’s a first look at his upcoming Due Date, the Todd Phillips-directed road comedy in which he stars opposite Zach Galifianakis as a man who has to travel cross-country to see the birth of his child.


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