Hi Scott, welcome to Impulse Gamer and Australia!
Scott: Thank you! Nice to meet you via email.
How did you become involved in comics?
I collected comics as a kid, and
when I was thirteen, I realized the only way I could keep buying
comics was to start selling them, so I started taking a booth at
comic book conventions and started a mail order business—but I
never thought I’d actually end up working in comics.
What is your love with comics?
Scott: I love the ability to go into multiple
worlds. I particularly like the storyline and soap opera
elements compared to the fighting dynamic you see a lot. I very
much like the tough choices the characters have to make between
keeping their identity secret and being a hero, this applies to
both the good guys and the bad guys.
Tell us a little about Platinum Studios,
especially with your "Macroverse Bible"?
Scott: Platinum Studios controls one of the
largest collections of comic book characters that we adapt for
all mediums. The Macroverse Bible is a full blown comic universe
complete with super heroes and parallel universes.
Why do you think Hollywood is so eager to turn
comics into movies?
Comics really walk the line between books and cinema. Being
able to have great visuals laid out really helps to demonstrate
the potential these stories have in coming to life.
In relation to some of the bigger comic companies
like Marvel and DC? Why do you think their ideas fail on
occasion? Elektra and Green Lantern were not the greatest
shakers and movers.
It's tricky when dealing with such big properties. There is a
lot at stake and often times there can be so many people
involved that it creates a situation where there are simply too
many cooks in the kitchen. That being said Green Lantern was
always a favorite of mine growing up, so I am possibly biased
but I liked the film, and Elektra has always been an inspiring
How did your studio come up with the idea of
Cowboys and Aliens? I mean these are two concepts that are
totally different but together... that's definitely unexpected.
dates back to when I was a child and got bored with simply
playing cops & robbers and cowboys & Indians. My friends and I
used to dress up as various characters, including alien
creations, and act out huge battles together incorporating our
figurines as well. This was my inspiration for the story.
What was your reaction to hearing that Cowboys
and Aliens was being turned into a movie?
was thrilled. It's incredible to have a game you used to play
as a kid brought to life on the silver screen.
How much input did your company have with the
Scott: We were there from beginning to end. I am
a believer that there need to be modifications when adapting to
a different medium, so we had to alter the story to make it
better for film. I am proud of the movie.
Two names... Craig and Ford? You must have been
pretty stoked to have two of Hollywood's biggest action movie
stars attached to the movie?
Absolutely! They're such incredible actors, I couldn't have
What was your favourite moment in the movie?
The moment that really got my eyes to swell up was the scene
when the town is first attacked by the alien ships. All the ray
beams shooting down blowing up the town and aliens being shot
out of the sky were all practical. This scene was taken right
out of the comic and watching them film it was amazing.
There are rumours on the "net" that a sequel is
in the works. Will the House of Dar, the aliens who were
plundering the Earth in the original be back? Or are we totally
wrong? What can we expect in the sequel? Do you know which stars
have agreed to be in the sequel?
Scott: I am unable to comment on the future of
the motion picture franchise, but for fans of the original
graphic novel there will be some exciting news shortly, stay
tuned. There is a certain alien child in the Interactive eBook
Cowboys & Aliens: The Kids that may be a clue… hint hint.
Okay... you were also behind Men in Black, are
you a believer of aliens?
believe that the universe is much too big for there not to be
any other forms of life out there.
What other stories from Platinum Studios can we
expect to see on the big screen?
Scott: Two of the projects that we are working on
under wraps are Atlantis Rising, 10,000 years ago Atlantis sank,
but never died, and Ghost Wars, but we can not discuss what this
Upcoming projects, include "Unique" at Disney (with "Harry
Potter" producer David Heyman); “Vice” (with producer Andrew
Lazar and Top Cow Productions, Inc.); a “hybrid” feature film
project with Sony Pictures Animation; “Blood Nation” (with
producer Alexandra Milchan); and, "Nightfall" (with William
Stuart, developer and executive producer of “The Rock”).
Finally, what can people expect to find as extra
on the DVD and Blu-ray release?
There are conversations with Jon Favreau, some behind the scenes
clips, audio commentary, and an extended cut.
Thanks for your time Scott and
all the best for the future!
Don't forget to check
out Cowboys vs. Aliens on Blu-ray & DVD, available from all good
stores on the 8th of December 2011.