It was supposed to be the next project from the major players behind the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but in August, Disney pulled the plug when The Lone Ranger was expected to cost north of $250 million.
Now, those major players – star Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – have come to something of a meeting of the minds with the studio, renegotiating their own deals and re-working the script to bring the budget down to a “more reasonable” $215 million.
Still, the project now appears to be back on track. The Lone Ranger was supposed to begin production in New Mexico in fall of this year, with an eye on a December 21, 2012 release date. Now, with production not starting until early next year, it’ll most likely be a 2013 release. The Lone Ranger will star Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role.
Flickcharters have been busily ranking over the past months – both the old and the new – and we have up-to-the-minute results on which movies in 2011 have climbed the charts to sit atop the list as the best of the summer. Read below for statistics of some of the summer’s best ranked films, along with some thoughts on each of them from several of our regular contributors here at the blog. Read the rest of this entry »
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the film franchise based on the Disney theme park ride, became the first of two movies so far in 2011 to gross $400 million-plus in the global market in its opening weekend. (The second was Transformers: Dark of the Moon, another sequel nobody appeared to be clamoring to see.) So it’s understandable that Disney would want to continue cranking out its cash machine.
Apparently, a rough draft for the fifth movie is in the works, and Johnny Depp likes what he sees, because he is apparently close to inking a deal to appear as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth time.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has stated that there would be no fifth Pirates movie without Depp. Understandable, as the actor has helped Disney pull in nearly $5 billion in revenue between the first four Pirates movies and 2010‘s Alice in Wonderland.
Currently, Depp is working with Disney and Bruckheimer on a new adaptation of The Lone Ranger, in which Depp will play Tonto.
(via The Wrap)
Directed By: Rob Marshall
Studios/Franchises: Pirates of the Caribbean
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Back in the days before 1995, before Pixar came along and ruined everything, the Walt Disney Studio was responsible for the greatest animated films of all time. In 1937, Walt Disney changed the face of cinema forever with the first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Every few years heralded the advent of a new Disney masterpiece, but following The Jungle Book in 1967 (the final animated film Walt himself oversaw before his death), Disney animation hit a bit of a slump.
It wasn’t until 1989, with the success of The Little Mermaid, that the studio’s second Golden Age of animation arrived, and it lasted until CGI (and the obvious storytelling prowess of Pixar Studios) moved in and brutally kicked traditional hand-drawn animation out of the cinemas. It was a magic age that brought us films the likes of Aladdin, Mulan and Tarzan, but there were two films that stood head and shoulders above the rest.
Both were films that told classic stories in a way that only Disney animation could achieve. Both reveled in critical and box office success. (One was able to claim for nine years that it was the highest-grossing animated movie of all time; the other was able to claim for 19 years that it was the only animated movie to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award–until an expansion of the category to ten nominees and this film came along.) And both were unquestionably among the most brilliant jewels in Disney’s animation crown. But this, folks, is Flickchart, and there’s only one question to ask: Which movie is better? Find out in this edition of Reel Rumbles (now Super-Sized, with a special Bonus Round!): The Lion King vs. Beauty and the Beast.