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Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger could still ride, just on smaller horses

08.17.2011

We recently learned that Disney put the brakes on its big-screen, big-budget version of THE LONE RANGER, largely due to the exorbitant paychecks of the talent involved, and the expensive and bizarre decision to have the Old West heroes battling werewolves.

But it's possible that the project isn't riding into the sunset just yet. THR says various efforts are taking place to trim the budget from a ludicrous $250 million, but that director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer would need to relinquish slices of their sizable pies.

The filmmakers would also be required to significantly hack away at the script, but hey, we've heard that Disney doesn't give a shit about a decent story anyway. It's also conceivable that the project could scrap the recent script drafts and ditch Verbinski but keep Depp (who's the real draw anyway, apologies to Armie Hammer), since he's been a driving force behind the update since it was announced back in 2008.

Regardless of how it shakes out, the release date is highly questionable -- the movie was initially scheduled for December 2012, where it would have to face THE HOBBIT, WORLD WAR Z and DJANGO UNCHAINED.

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Extra Tidbit: Verbinski hit a similar budgetary brick wall while trying to adapt the acclaimed videogame BIOSHOCK.
Source: THR

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2:43AM on 08/18/2011
just get rid of the ridiculous werewolves plot & make it a typical western & a nod to the show.
just get rid of the ridiculous werewolves plot & make it a typical western & a nod to the show.
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1:04AM on 08/18/2011

I'm sick of huge budgets

people think huge budgets means they spent a lot of money on the movie, but most of the time it just means they spend a lot of the money on the cast (and the directors). Seriously Johnny Depp, you're great but are you really gonna notice the difference if you get $5 million instead of $40 million on top of your 100's of millions already?
people think huge budgets means they spent a lot of money on the movie, but most of the time it just means they spend a lot of the money on the cast (and the directors). Seriously Johnny Depp, you're great but are you really gonna notice the difference if you get $5 million instead of $40 million on top of your 100's of millions already?
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12:00AM on 08/18/2011
Django Unchained would not be a threat. Though HIGHLY anticipated, I think it's safe to say that those two movies are entirely different, and will attract entirely different audiences.
Django Unchained would not be a threat. Though HIGHLY anticipated, I think it's safe to say that those two movies are entirely different, and will attract entirely different audiences.
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11:34PM on 08/17/2011
Ha, not two seconds ago I was bitching to someone about how The Lone Ranger wouldn't be happening since Disney doesn't care about story. I'm psyched for more Elliot & Rossio legend embellishment - the stuff they weaved with Davy Jones in POTC is amazing and I want to see how they'd handle American Indian lore. I just hope that no script-hacking happens. I mean, I'm sure it will happen... but come on, folks... you could make 15 great movies (with all kinds of crazy special effects) for the
Ha, not two seconds ago I was bitching to someone about how The Lone Ranger wouldn't be happening since Disney doesn't care about story. I'm psyched for more Elliot & Rossio legend embellishment - the stuff they weaved with Davy Jones in POTC is amazing and I want to see how they'd handle American Indian lore. I just hope that no script-hacking happens. I mean, I'm sure it will happen... but come on, folks... you could make 15 great movies (with all kinds of crazy special effects) for the pricetag Disney is asking for. Don't hack up the script, just find less expensive ways to film it all. Not that hard.
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