Zeppelins. Rockets. Steam-powered robots. It’s 1876, and Cade Ballard is trying to get to Mars…
Cowboys & Engines is an ambitious steampunk adventure that follows Cade Ballard (Richard Hatch), the war-weary former ambassador from the nation of Texas as he meets Guinivere Wheeler (Libby Letlow), a woman who proves to be as dangerous as she is charming. When they encounter Professor Nicholas Timéon (Walter Koenig), and learn that his temporal engine, a machine with incredible destructive power, has been stolen by would-be conqueror Dr. Clay (Malcolm McDowell), Cade and Guinivere set off to save San Francisco from total destruction.
This film is a labor of love, and an attempt to create something completely original and visually stunning. The movie will be something we can all be proud of; a fun, exciting ride that never becomes silly or tongue-in-cheek. The script is extremely tight, with sharp dialogue and great characters. The cast is first-rate, and though the creative professionals behind the camera might not be household names, they’re a respected team capable of working miracles.
Hollywood has failed miserably in its attempts to bring steampunk to the screen; we’re going to do it right. Cowboys & Engines is a festival piece that will redefine steampunk for the world at large as a way of re-imagining fantasy adventure.
It was really important to us that the world of Cowboys & Engines feel very real. The characters have human flaws, goals and motivations. The machines are designed as if they really work, with everything carefully executed to be the perfect balance between form and function. The history makes sense, and gives this world a backbone that runs throughout the narrative.
We wanted the 1876 of Cowboys & Engines to feel like it isn’t our world… but it could be.