‘The Lone Ranger’ Gets Back in the Saddle

11 Oct
2011

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.

Disney’s reluctance to spend so much money on a Western – even with Depp’s name attached – is particularly understandable in the wake of the money Cowboys & Aliens is losing for DreamWorks this year.

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.

(via Deadline)

  • Sfsilver465

    I still have no idea what about a Lone Ranger film would require a budget of even 100 million, let alone 200 million+ . Does anyone even care about the Lone Ranger?

    • http://www.flickchart.com/johnmason Nigel Druitt

      That’s a good point.

      Although I’m actually interested, the budget is a big question mark. I mean, you can look at what these guys did with a movie based on a theme park attraction (and then what they did with it in the two sequels), but it still makes you wonder…

    • http://www.flickchart.com/johnmason Nigel Druitt

      *the FIRST two sequels…

    • http://www.flickchart.com/johnmason Nigel Druitt

      *the FIRST two sequels…

    • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

      I’m definitely interested as well, although I’m in a similar boat of not understanding the big budget attached. Could just be that it costs that much to bring in all the actors in and then the marketing blitz.

    • http://www.jonathan-hardesty.com movieguyjon

      I’m definitely interested as well, although I’m in a similar boat of not understanding the big budget attached. Could just be that it costs that much to bring in all the actors in and then the marketing blitz.

  • Sfsilver465

    I still have no idea what about a Lone Ranger film would require a budget of even 100 million, let alone 200 million+ . Does anyone even care about the Lone Ranger?