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Hi-Yo, Silver! The Lone Ranger begins filming!

Feb. 28, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Walt Disney Studios has announced the official start of principal photography for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski's adaptation of the masked legend known as THE LONE RANGER.  The pic is written by fellow PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN alumni Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, as well as Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe.

Starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp as Tonto, and the recently added William Fichtner, stepping in for Dwight Yoakam, as the villain.  Additional cast members include Tom Wilkenson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Ruth Wilson.

Here's the official synopsis:

THE LONE RANGER is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Am I the only one getting nervous by the fact that they mention "humor" twice in this?  I'm not expecting a Sam Peckinpah-style bloodbath here, but I don't think any of us want a COWBOYS OF THE CARIBBEAN (or worse, COWBOYS AND ALIENS).  I'll reserve my judgement until I see a trailer, but there's a few red flags there.

However, Verbinski is an accomplished director with style to spare and if RANGO is any indication, he's got the pulse of the western genre.  I look forward to seeing what he does with this.

THE LONE RANGER rides again on May 31, 2013

Extra Tidbit: As a kid, I loved The Legend of The Lone Ranger movie, which was a fun film for its time. Any other fans of that version?

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7:35AM on 02/29/2012
Least it sounds like they niched that ridiculous plot about fighting werewolves or whatever.
Least it sounds like they niched that ridiculous plot about fighting werewolves or whatever.
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12:18AM on 02/29/2012
From what I understand of the plot, Chuck Norris shows up and kicks the shit out of the entire cast and crew for make a Texas Ranger movie without his permission.
From what I understand of the plot, Chuck Norris shows up and kicks the shit out of the entire cast and crew for make a Texas Ranger movie without his permission.
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5:22PM on 02/28/2012
Why do I get the feeling that Depp will take a ton of shit over is Tonto performance from the Native American Culture.
Why do I get the feeling that Depp will take a ton of shit over is Tonto performance from the Native American Culture.
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7:33AM on 02/29/2012
no the media will as always fabricate some kind of controversy, plus do ya really think it matter to any Natives how they are portrayed in movies?
no the media will as always fabricate some kind of controversy, plus do ya really think it matter to any Natives how they are portrayed in movies?
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5:01PM on 02/28/2012
I really have zero interest in this movie. I'm hoping that it will turn into a pleasant surprise though.
I really have zero interest in this movie. I'm hoping that it will turn into a pleasant surprise though.
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4:37PM on 02/28/2012

Not werewolves . . .

Several Native cultures in the Southwest refer to "skinwalkers" or "witches", which deal with humans that can take the form of animals to do evil. Most notably coyotes, wolves not being that prevalent in that part of the country. So, a story could easily deal with that mythos, without being in "werewolf" territory.
Several Native cultures in the Southwest refer to "skinwalkers" or "witches", which deal with humans that can take the form of animals to do evil. Most notably coyotes, wolves not being that prevalent in that part of the country. So, a story could easily deal with that mythos, without being in "werewolf" territory.
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4:06PM on 02/28/2012
could be really awesome if they did it right, but i'm not terribly optimistic.
could be really awesome if they did it right, but i'm not terribly optimistic.
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3:48PM on 02/28/2012

Werewolves?

Noticed that there wasn't any mentioning of werewolves? Are they out, or still in?
Noticed that there wasn't any mentioning of werewolves? Are they out, or still in?
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5:33PM on 02/28/2012
From Verbinski via The Playlist:
"I don't know where this idea of werewolves came from. It's never been in any draft I've worked on," Verbinski explained. "But there's a kind of Native American overlay of omens and other things happening that we don't fully understand."
From Verbinski via The Playlist:
"I don't know where this idea of werewolves came from. It's never been in any draft I've worked on," Verbinski explained. "But there's a kind of Native American overlay of omens and other things happening that we don't fully understand."
3:11PM on 02/28/2012
My god are Depp and Helena joined at the hip now?
My god are Depp and Helena joined at the hip now?
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3:47PM on 02/28/2012
They're joined at the Tim Burton.
They're joined at the Tim Burton.
3:01PM on 02/28/2012
I also liked the 1980 movie, it was really straight forward, and how can you not love Christopher Lloyd as Butch Cavendish? Looking forward to this, but hope it's not AS silly as Pirates
I also liked the 1980 movie, it was really straight forward, and how can you not love Christopher Lloyd as Butch Cavendish? Looking forward to this, but hope it's not AS silly as Pirates
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2:57PM on 02/28/2012
I don't think Cowboys of the Caribbean is that far off. If it can capture the whimsical adventure feel of the first one and not dive too deep into unfinished, convoluted myth than it should be fine.
I don't think Cowboys of the Caribbean is that far off. If it can capture the whimsical adventure feel of the first one and not dive too deep into unfinished, convoluted myth than it should be fine.
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