Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) planned another team up with Johnny Depp, this time casting him as Tonto in a new Lone Ranger movie opposite Armie Hammer (The Social Network) in as the masked western vigilante. But budget concerns made Disney decide to pull the plug on the western, until now…
After a decision to pull the plug on the fast tracked Lone Ranger remake starring Armie Hammer & Johnny Depp under the direction of Gore Verbinski, most thought this was another movie left in the dust. The shocking news of the films abrupt death came in mid August via Deadline. They told us that Verbinski was looking for a budget of $275 million for the western, which would fund expensive action sequences on a train and Werewolves (like plural). This budget request alone fueled Disney’s decision to move on to other, less expensive things.
Rumors were continuing to circulate that The Lone Ranger remake may not have gone away for good, and that talks have happened with Verbinski and the films producer Jerry Bruckheimer to reach a middle ground deal to get the film back on track. Now once again Deadline, has updated the status of the film. They claim the studio and Verbinski have resolved to move forward with the film on a slightly smaller $215 million dollar budget.
though the latest western Cowboys & Aliens disappointed at the box office, the Depp Verbinski team-up is known to make Disney some serious cash, with hits like The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the animated hit Rango; not to mention Armie Hammer coming off an Academy Award Nomination for his work in The Social Network. It seems that even with a rather overlarge budget, The Lone Ranger will most likely ride again as a box office smash.