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The Lone Ranger is nearly finished shooting after 125 days

Aug. 30, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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125 days and one giant budget ($250+million despite initially being cut down to $215 million) later, THE LONE RANGER is finally nearly finished shooting.  I know it's a bit crazy - after all that back and forth, all that budgetary wrestling, we're going to see a new version of the classic Lone Ranger character on the screen through a lens that Depp hopes will shift public perception of Native Americans.  Think it'll work, or will Disney's summer tentpole demands outweigh the new perspective Depp has sought to engender?

The fifth collaboration between Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski, THE LONE RANGER also stars Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper, and Tom Wilkinson and is currently set to ride into a theater near you on July 3rd, 2013.  Here's the bigger question: do you think there'll be an audience for it?

Meanwhile, below you'll find pictures from the shoot taken in the beautiful states of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as my own (relatively brief) home state of New Mexico.

In Bruckheimer's own words: Almost done with filming of The Lone Ranger. 125 days of shooting seemed to fly by. We dealt with winds up to 70 mph, rain, snow, and even wildfires but nothing has stopped us from filming this incredible movie. The cast has been absolutely amazing and we could not have asked for a better crew. Everyone has been extremely dedicated in making this film a major success. We have a few more filming days back in California and then post-production goes into high gear. Before we know it, it will be July 3rd, 2013 and we can’t wait to share this incredible film with everyone.

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Extra Tidbit: Bruckheimer and company built five miles-worth of train track in a circle so that they could keep shooting without having to stop and reset the train.

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12:11PM on 08/31/2012
I just don't care
I just don't care
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11:43PM on 08/30/2012
I'll have to wait for a trailer as I am still doubtful but i do like Gore Verbinski as a director.
I'll have to wait for a trailer as I am still doubtful but i do like Gore Verbinski as a director.
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1:35PM on 08/30/2012
Waiting for a trailer.
Waiting for a trailer.
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12:08PM on 08/30/2012
And w/ each article I care a little bit less. How much did Pirates 4 make? Because thats what I feel like this will do
And w/ each article I care a little bit less. How much did Pirates 4 make? Because thats what I feel like this will do
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11:46AM on 08/30/2012

Depp & Verbinski (corection)

Not to notpick, but it's actually their 5th collaboration:

3 Pirates Movies
Rango
Lone Ranger


Oh, well. Who cares?
Not to notpick, but it's actually their 5th collaboration:

3 Pirates Movies
Rango
Lone Ranger


Oh, well. Who cares?
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10:51AM on 08/30/2012
I hope it's a surprisingly fun flick like the first Pirates film was when it came out. But the budget issues and the seemingly tacked on supernatural aspect (was that present in the original series?) really don't give me high hopes.
I hope it's a surprisingly fun flick like the first Pirates film was when it came out. But the budget issues and the seemingly tacked on supernatural aspect (was that present in the original series?) really don't give me high hopes.
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9:43AM on 08/30/2012
How can a live action Rango Ranger not be cool? In spite of Bruckheimers self-aggrandizing, Depp and Verbinski back together in the wild west sounds way promising to me. With Fichtner as a cowboy villain?
How can a live action Rango Ranger not be cool? In spite of Bruckheimers self-aggrandizing, Depp and Verbinski back together in the wild west sounds way promising to me. With Fichtner as a cowboy villain?
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9:07AM on 08/30/2012
I'll say nothing till I see a trailer and get a sense of the scale.
I'll say nothing till I see a trailer and get a sense of the scale.
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8:49AM on 08/30/2012
The views in those pics are nothing short of stunning.
Still can't figure that budget though.
The views in those pics are nothing short of stunning.
Still can't figure that budget though.
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8:37AM on 08/30/2012
Why can't they be more like Peter Jackson with his production diaries. Man I love watching them. They give an insight into what they are creating and you get to see snippets which are always welcome. 250 big ones for a cowboy on a horse and an Indian with a crow pinned to his head.... A head that looks like Jack sparrow. I hope they don't go the werewolf route coz we get enough of them with underworld and that Twilighty thing. But at the end of the day I hope it is good. I will hold to pass
Why can't they be more like Peter Jackson with his production diaries. Man I love watching them. They give an insight into what they are creating and you get to see snippets which are always welcome. 250 big ones for a cowboy on a horse and an Indian with a crow pinned to his head.... A head that looks like Jack sparrow. I hope they don't go the werewolf route coz we get enough of them with underworld and that Twilighty thing. But at the end of the day I hope it is good. I will hold to pass judgement.
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8:26AM on 08/30/2012
Somehow I think this movie will suffer the same fate as John Carter - big, bold, lavish but doesn't make much profit.
Somehow I think this movie will suffer the same fate as John Carter - big, bold, lavish but doesn't make much profit.
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8:14AM on 08/30/2012
And still I feel nothing...
I watched the Lone Ranger as a kid and I welcome a new film. But other than picturesque backdrops, I have seen nothing that makes me think this will be good. LR looks like a ponce, Tonto like a lunatic and they have given nothing in the way of decent production stills or plot points. I like Depp and Wilkinson alot so I wont give this a thumbs down yet. I just have little hope.
And still I feel nothing...
I watched the Lone Ranger as a kid and I welcome a new film. But other than picturesque backdrops, I have seen nothing that makes me think this will be good. LR looks like a ponce, Tonto like a lunatic and they have given nothing in the way of decent production stills or plot points. I like Depp and Wilkinson alot so I wont give this a thumbs down yet. I just have little hope.
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8:14AM on 08/30/2012
I think this movie will be a huge box-office bomb. It might be great, it could the worst movie ever, but with a budget that big (before marketing) and the awkwardness of the plot (presuming it still deals with werewolves, etc), I don't see how they can sell this to recoup their hefty investment. Damn shame too, as I'm expecting it to be fun.
I think this movie will be a huge box-office bomb. It might be great, it could the worst movie ever, but with a budget that big (before marketing) and the awkwardness of the plot (presuming it still deals with werewolves, etc), I don't see how they can sell this to recoup their hefty investment. Damn shame too, as I'm expecting it to be fun.
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7:52AM on 08/30/2012
I'm sorry but how does this film cost 250 million plus???

It doesn't look like they really built any sets from the above photos unless they built Nevada in Bulgaria or something.

Just baffles me a studio throws 250 million on this...The fees of the producers etc must be something stupid.
I'm sorry but how does this film cost 250 million plus???

It doesn't look like they really built any sets from the above photos unless they built Nevada in Bulgaria or something.

Just baffles me a studio throws 250 million on this...The fees of the producers etc must be something stupid.
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