The Lone Ranger (2013)

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    • Re: Ryan Gosling: The Lone Ranger?

      I'm glad it was cancelled. I'd rather see a western at a third of the budget with lesser "names" than another overblown cgi laden film (I'm sure it would work it's way in).
    • Re: Ryan Gosling: The Lone Ranger?

      I'm glad it was cancelled. I'd rather see a western at a third of the budget with lesser "names" than another overblown cgi laden film (I'm sure it would work it's way in).
    • Re: Ryan Gosling: The Lone Ranger?

      Disney's $250 million Western appears doomed amid a frantic effort to save the project.

      Will the Lone Ranger cry "Hi-ho Silver!" or ride into the sunset? Disney shocked Hollywood by pulling the plug Aug. 12 on the $250 million-budgeted Western, which was scheduled to enter production in the fall with Johnny Depp starring as Tonto.

      While the studio is giving director Gore Verbinski a week to rework the script and bring costs down significantly, many associated with the project believe the budget pressures are too drastic to salvage the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie as it was conceived and developed.

      A source close to the dealmaking says studio chief Rich Ross believes the "substantial budget gap" can only be bridged by Verbinski reimagining some of the bigger sequences and a few "give-backs" from the talent -- moves that those working on the film have been uninterested in making.

      "It all starts with [Verbinski]," says a source. "If there is any saving this version of the movie, he'll have to find substantial savings. If he can, maybe we can hold this together."

      Verbinski is said to have brought the budget down to $242 million to $244 million via nips and tucks, but the source says it needs to get to $215 million to $220 million -- or less. Verbinski and Bruckheimer are said to have given up a total of $10 million from their fees, but it appears unlikely that the filmmakers will reduce the budget further.

      Even at the cost Disney has targeted, the film would have to gross about $800 million worldwide to be profitable when marketing and rich backends to Depp, Verbinski and Bruckheimer are factored in. That's a tough task for a non-sequel, notwithstanding Depp's appeal and older audiences' familiarity with the Lone Ranger character.

      The underperformance of the Western Cowboys & Aliens this summer also has added to Disney's skittishness, as has its $300 million commitment (the studio says it's lower) to John Carter, the 2012 adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book by first-time live-action director Andrew Stanton (Wall-E).

      One thing that is unfathomable to many is how a Western can cost $250 million.

      The original script included werewolves and other supernatural creatures from Native American myths. Those bells and whistles have been jettisoned, but according to sources who have read recent drafts, three massive action set pieces involving trains remain, including one described as the biggest train sequence in film history.

      Verbinski earned a reputation for budget-busting on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. He frequently clashed with then-physical production head Bruce Hendricks to the point that after the third Pirates -- whose budget had ballooned more than $300 million, according to sources -- the studio was no longer interested in working with the director.

      If Ranger doesn't ride, it won't be the first time Verbinski loses a project because of budget reasons. He was to have directed an adaptation of the video game BioShock, but Universal put the project on hold in 2009. Verbinski is said to have called cast and crew this week to say he is trying to salvage Ranger.

      Replacing Verbinski and reimagining the script would be risky, but Depp -- who also stars in Disney's Pirates and Alice in Wonderland franchises -- might stay since he's been with the project since 2008, two years before Verbinski boarded.

      And proceeding at a reduced budget might please Disney CEO Robert Iger, who recently said: "It's our intention to take a careful look at what films cost, and if we can't get them to a level that we're comfortable with, we think that we're better off actually reducing the size of our slate than making films that are bigger and increasingly more risky."

      hollywoodreporter.com/news/lon…tor-producer-offer-224409
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      The original script included werewolves and other supernatural creatures from Native American myths. Those bells and whistles have been jettisoned, but according to sources who have read recent drafts, three massive action set pieces involving trains remain, including one described as the biggest train sequence in film history.


      And that's my problem with modern Hollywood! Style over substance! I always thought "The Lone Ranger" was such a great character and the origins would make the perfect big screen Western. The potential is there for a good, entertaining story that would be strong enough to appeal to both adults and kids.

      But these days, Hollywood just can't get it right! Instead of telling a good story, that starts with good characters...they would rather create what is basically a shallow big screen video game!

      Sorry for the rant, but I just don't get it!
    • Re: Ryan Gosling: The Lone Ranger?

      ‘The Lone Ranger’ Saddling Up With Johnny Depp And A Tighter Budget

      Well, it took a week longer than I thought it would, but Disney has finally reached a meeting of the minds on The Lone Ranger with director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

      The studio is expected to formalize a new start date imminently and announce it is moving forward and putting Depp back in the saddle as Tonto, with Armie Hammer as the title character. It looked like the studio was going to announce last week when the picture brightened for the film, but it will be this week’s business instead. I don’t think Disney was able to salvage its December 21 release date because production won’t start in New Mexico until early next year.

      The original plan was to begin shooting this fall. That was until, as Deadline revealed on August 12, the studio shockingly pulled the plug on a project it feared could come in at between $250 million-$275 million.

      The risk of such a figure on a Western became more glaring after Cowboys & Aliens had just turned in a severely disappointing domestic gross, to be followed by an even worse offshore performance, proving the adage that most Westerns don’t travel well. Cowboys & Aliens will be a costly money-loser, 50% shouldered by DreamWorks and the other half split between Universal and Relativity Media.

      On Lone Ranger, there has been a lot of behind-the-scenes drama as the three principal players made concessions in their deals, and worked on the script to salvage the spectacle that made the movie worth making in the first place while bringing the budget down to a more manageable figure in the $215 million range. It wasn’t pleasant, but Disney now has its original team behind the first three Pirates of the Caribbean blockbusters back together for a movie that’s expensive but at least will allow production chiefs Sean Bailey and Rich Ross the opportunity to sleep at night. Developing…

      deadline.com/2011/10/the-lone-…epp-and-a-tighter-budget/
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      Armie Hammer, who's currently saddling up to play "The Lone Ranger", was arrested for marijuana possession November 30 in Sierra Blanca, TX. The 25 year old actor was busted and spent a single day in jail after police found three cookies and one brownie containing medical marijuana. It's just the latest bit of unfavorable news for the bad-plublicity plagued western.
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      ringo kid wrote:

      Armie Hammer, who's currently saddling up to play "The Lone Ranger", was arrested for marijuana possession November 30 in Sierra Blanca, TX. The 25 year old actor was busted and spent a single day in jail after police found three cookies and one brownie containing medical marijuana. It's just the latest bit of unfavorable news for the bad-plublicity plagued western.



      Who the heck is Armie Hammer? Seems to be no loss, just another pothead.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
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      If they want to make the film, that's fine. Will I watch it? No. The Lone Ranger is, and will always be Clayton Moore. Period. I didn't watch the last remake with the Spillsbury guy, and I won't watch this one. Hollywood will just screw it up anyway.
      "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them" It may be time worn, but it's the best life-creed I know.
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      Colorado Bob wrote:

      If they want to make the film, that's fine. Will I watch it? No. The Lone Ranger is, and will always be Clayton Moore. Period. I didn't watch the last remake with the Spillsbury guy, and I won't watch this one. Hollywood will just screw it up anyway.



      Im with you Bob, Clayton Moore IS the Lone Ranger and I aint watching any reincarnation of the character. I still have not and most likely will not-watch the remake of True Grit. Nobody can do one of Duke's characters as far as im concerned.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..