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The Lone Ranger's Back In The Saddle
With a new, tighter budget

11 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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The Lone Ranger's Back In The Saddle

Back in August, it looked like Disney’s big plan to make a film version of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and director Gore Verbinski might never happen, since the studio had balked at the project’s hefty cost. Now, after a few weeks of talks and money bargaining, Deadline reports that the Ranger is back in the saddle with a reduced budget.

We say “reduced” but it’s still a lot: while the original estimates for the film put it around $250 - $275 million (which had the Mouse House’s bean counters refusing to turn on the greenlight), it’s apparently now going to be shot for a thriftier $215 million.

Why so pricey? Well, while the basic concept is a Western, which should indicate a slightly more affordable price range, the script by Justin Haythe featured werewolves and other supernatural elements that shoved the costs up. Then there’s the fact that Depp, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer don’t come cheap, though they’ve all apparently made concessions to get the price tag down.

So we should soon expect Disney to make it official once more with a release date announcement and confirmation that the casting – particularly Depp, who the studio needs if it hopes to make the money back – in place. Hammer will likely still be the titular hero, partnered with Depp’s Tonto, who has to find out who killed his brother while foiling a bigger plot…


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RE:
This has TURD written all over it. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:24 on 14 October 2011 | Report This Post

Disney just trying to start up a new franchise they can milk for all it's worth...doesn't sound interesting at all...$215 million for a western-themed film???what is the world coming to.... More

Posted by ronniem at 11:42 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

yo ho no!
now pirates is finished they're looking for a new franchise,big budget usually means lots of crappy cgi,depp hamming it up(when does'nt he?)bromance and capers betweeen the 2 leads,werewolves and.. hang on...werewolves in lone ranger? no thanks More

Posted by darktrain at 19:18 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why, Johnny, why?!?!
it's a trend now isn't it they think adding that will make the film more successful. More

Posted by buffster28 at 17:47 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why, Johnny, why?!?!
You think that's bad? I've heard he's gonna do a pirate movie with a bunch of fishy zombies in it!! ( and a bunch of crappy sequels) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 16:22 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why, Johnny, why?!?!
next up a Tarzan movie with him battling flying saucers More

Posted by jackcarter at 15:15 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

Why, Johnny, why?!?!
Why waste time working with hacks like Verbinski? Werewolves...supernatural...in the Lone Ranger?!?! That smacks of a decision made by a table of big-wigs looking to spice up a dull script. If it makes money I hope you do something good with your share and get something interesting, like Shantaram, back on track. Shit, if you want to do (more) supernatural, I'm sure Marvel would hardly insist on seeing an audition for Dr. Strange! More

Posted by partybee at 10:18 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

v --- What he said... More

Posted by Primus at 09:15 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

Um what?
Werewolves? In the Lone Ranger??? Suddenly, I'm not so interested in seeing this. More

Posted by Panic05 at 08:29 on 12 October 2011 | Report This Post

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