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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer discusses wrangling the budget to get Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger made

Oct. 19, 2011by: Dave Davis

Based on the last PIRATES movie and Disney's admitted disinterest in delivering good stories, it's quite possible that the saga behind the scenes of the unreasonably expensive movie version of THE LONE RANGER could be more interesting than what we end up with on the screen.

Now that the project is back in the saddle with Johnny Depp, masked man Armie Hammer and director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is chatting to THR about some of the sacrifices made in order to get the studio to pull the trigger.

"We cut a sequence involving a coyote attack -- supernatural coyotes -- and a small animated segment. The train [scenes] are intact. We trimmed it a little bit. Gore made some sacrifices creatively, but nothing that would hurt the film. We had to work it out. The studio set a number, and it was always our responsibility to get to the number."

That magic number is still a seemingly outrageous $215 million, but does that mean the Old West adventure is completely ditching that whole weird werewolf angle? And... an animated segment? Regardless, lots of choo-choo.

And how does Brucks feel about the shift from December 2012 to a release on May 31, 2013? "It's a better date. Before, we were up against THE HOBBIT and WORLD WAR Z. Now we're a week after [FAST SIX] and a couple weeks before SUPERMAN. The competition is not as bad. There are a lot of movies jammed in at Christmas. In the summer, you have a longer run. You're cut off after the first of the year on a Christmas release."

As for a fifth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Bruckheimer says it's still in the works. "We will lay out a story. We have a script, but we decided we could do better." Too bad he didn't feel the same way last time...

Source: THR

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11:41PM on 10/19/2011
Bruckheimer hasn't really produced a great movie in a while. I guess Disney didn't learn their lesson with the luke-warm reception to Bruckheimer's other films like Prince of Persia and Sorcerer's Apprentice. Maybe this Lone Ranger film will be good, but I still don't get why it needs such a huge budget.
Bruckheimer hasn't really produced a great movie in a while. I guess Disney didn't learn their lesson with the luke-warm reception to Bruckheimer's other films like Prince of Persia and Sorcerer's Apprentice. Maybe this Lone Ranger film will be good, but I still don't get why it needs such a huge budget.
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12:52AM on 10/20/2011
To be fare to Brukheimer, those movies didn't have Johnny Depp in them.
To be fare to Brukheimer, those movies didn't have Johnny Depp in them.
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12:21AM on 10/20/2011

hope this turns out for the better but

seriously? how does anyone in the world think a $215 million budget is 'knocking it down' or even acceptable?? ESPECIALLY considering it's a western... maybe they've been to the future and in a few years Westerns will once again be the hottest thing in the world overthrowing vampire movies but otherwise... wtf?
seriously? how does anyone in the world think a $215 million budget is 'knocking it down' or even acceptable?? ESPECIALLY considering it's a western... maybe they've been to the future and in a few years Westerns will once again be the hottest thing in the world overthrowing vampire movies but otherwise... wtf?
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12:55AM on 10/20/2011
I'm just glad they cut out the supernatural coyotes. Skinwalkers is one thing, and I sincerely hope that's what they mean when they say werewolves, because that could be cool. I won't make any judgment about this until the marketing engine gets cranked up. But Brukheimer movies are never my most anticipated.
I'm just glad they cut out the supernatural coyotes. Skinwalkers is one thing, and I sincerely hope that's what they mean when they say werewolves, because that could be cool. I won't make any judgment about this until the marketing engine gets cranked up. But Brukheimer movies are never my most anticipated.
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11:01AM on 10/20/2011
why can't it just be a fun western..ya know...like the show??
why can't it just be a fun western..ya know...like the show??
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5:28PM on 10/20/2011
I still can't believe Disney pushed this crap to Thor 2's release spot although that does give Thor 2 more time to breath and work on FX. Superman has to be happy. That frees up Supes with NO pressure before its release at all. Lone Ranger is going to be another Green Hornet, mark it down.
I still can't believe Disney pushed this crap to Thor 2's release spot although that does give Thor 2 more time to breath and work on FX. Superman has to be happy. That frees up Supes with NO pressure before its release at all. Lone Ranger is going to be another Green Hornet, mark it down.
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