Platinum Studios will publish its graphic novel “Cowboys & Aliens” with It Books; an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in hardcover on February 22, 2011, followed by a paperback in anticipation of the feature film release on July 29, 2011. “Cowboys & Aliens” tells the story of an alien invasion in the Old West in the late 19th Century. The graphic novel by Platinum Studios, Inc. Chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, was first published in December 2006, when it became the largest ordered graphic novel of the year.
“We are proud to be able to bring this graphic novel, uniting two fantastically-well-read-genres, to audiences around the world,” said Mauro DiPreta, Vice President and Associate Publisher of It Books. “It Books’ mandate is to find graphic novel and comic book-based material which has worldwide mass-market appeal and Platinum Studios’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ perfectly fits that strategy.”
“We are thrilled that It Books is bringing ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ to fans around the world,” said Platinum’s Rosenberg. “It Books really understands how to bring the comic book world to the mass-market book audience.”
A feature film version of “Cowboys & Aliens”, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2”), executive produced by Steven Spielberg and produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Rosenberg will be released in North America on July 29, 2011 via DreamWorks and Universal Pictures with Paramount Pictures handling the international release of the picture.