On Friday Universal Pictures announced they were moving the Peter Berg directed film Battleship July 29th, 2011 to May 25th, 2012. That would have left the July 29th, 2011 date free for Sony's The Smurfs to dominate but now Universal is saying that the Jon Favreau directed Cowboys & Aliens based on the popular graphic novel will be coming to theaters that weekend.

The DreamWorks project, based on the Platinum Studios Comics graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, will star Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde from a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof with Favreau directing. The film is a sci-fi Western that explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies, cowboys and Native Americans, found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

We will have more details about this project as they occur.