Disney shuts down The Lone Ranger movie

News Simon Brew
15 Aug 2011 - 07:02
The Lone Ranger

Looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp as The Lone Ranger? You might not now get the chance, as Disney puts the brakes on the film...

Now this is a bit of a surprise. The team that gave Disney its biggest live action franchise, the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, was all in place to try and deliver another hit for the studio. That was to be The Lone Ranger, a big screen outing for the character, with Johnny Depp locked in to star.

Also locked in were Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Helena Bonham Carter, and Barry Pepper. For Hammer in particular, what we're about to talk about must have felt like déjà vu. He was once upon a time signed up to play Batman in the Justice League movie, before that project had the rug pulled from underneath it.

Still, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Gore Verbinski (who made the first three Pirates movies) directing, it’s a surprise that The Lone Ranger has hit trouble Yet Disney, concerned by the spiralling costs of the project, has hit the brakes, just a month or two before shooting was set to begin.

The latest report on this, from Variety, suggests that Disney does still want to make the film, but that it wants to make it for less money. It’s thus looking to bring down costs on the movie before pressing ahead.

It’s unclear yet whether this will hit the planned schedule for the film. The Lone Ranger had been earmarked for a December 21st 2012 release, which means they’d need to be shooting it this side of Christmas. That may still happen, but we’ll keep you posted either way.


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