Late Friday word came down that Disney had decided to shelve their upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer due to a ballooning budget that at one point was over $240 million. Initial reports (including ours) were a bit baffled by the fact that the film's budget was that high. How many expensive special effects could there be in a Lone Ranger movie after all? Well, apparently lots since -- according to a report over at Hollywood Elsewhere -- the script included Johnny Depp's Tonto and Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger squaring off against werewolves in a "big Bruckheimer CG movie with traditional Bruckheimer elements with an eye toward being a tentpole, totally Pirates-style. It was never going to be a semi-traditional western ... it was never going to be Zorro."
While the thought of Johnny Depp fighting werewolves is actually kinda cool, it appears as if the less-than-stellar opening of Cowboys & Aliens is what ultimately convinced Disney that the genre crossover wasn't worth the risk. " If Cowboys & Aliens had made $200 million, this wouldn't be happening. A Bruckheimer-style western in the wake of Cowboys & Aliens is nothing anyone is feeling secure about at this stage," says the HE source. That, plus the fact that the film's December 2012 release date was right in the thick of a very busy month which already includes movies like The Hobbit, World War Z and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, was just another nail in the coffin for the western duo.
The part that bums us out a bit is the fact that Disney was scared off by Cowboys & Aliens. Sure, that film didn't live up to its full potential, but big-budget genre crossovers are fun, and we'd love to see Hollywood take more risks like Cowboys & Aliens because it livens up a season full of sequels, remakes, and prequels. What do you think? Upset Disney dumped Lone Ranger, or are you glad they did now that you've learned about the werewolves and such?
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It may have would up being a good movie, we'll never know now.. Too bad Cowboys and Aliens underperformed.. Good movie.. Saw it twice..
What's with werewolves all the time? Is it a turn around from the monsters of the 30's and 40's? I wouldnt mind a time move like "Back to the Future" or "Into the Future", time transcending story, like the Lone Ranger and Tonto moved into today's crime fighting with a humorous story line
Sounds worse than WILD WILD WEST. Hard to believe that Depp signed on for this with werewolves!
I was looking foward to seeing Depp play Tonto.
Disney+Werewolves+Lone Ranger= something i am glad they dropped!
I'll drink to that *raises glass*
Maybe if the 'Lone Ranger' name hadn't been attached to it, I'd like to see a Johnny Depp western fighting off werewolves. But as is, it'd be as bad as making a Gulliver movie set in modern times starring Jack Black as...oh, they did that already.
I was looking forward to it. I'm bummed. It would have been nice to see another Disney/Depp movie without Pirates.
Hmmm Hi Ho Silver Bullets!!!!! Away!!!! Sounds crazy but worse ideas have been brought to the big screen. I was never a fan of The Lone Ranger anyways so it might just make it more enjoyable. Depp is good in just about anything but I must say this "No More Jack Sparrow!! Please!!!"
Thanks for alerting us about the werewolves! The Lone Ranger and Tonto vs some werewolves is so ridiculous there are no words in English to express it!!! Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels would turn over in their graves.....
I'm glad that they did that, Lone Ranger is a classic and many of us remember him like the biggest western hero. Werewolves? PLEASE!...
Werewolves in the Lone Ranger is quite rediculous. I know that thanks mostly in part to Talyor Lautner werewolves are very popular now, but let's not go overboard.
I was BUSY this weekend! And next! It'll be two weeks before I can go see Cowboys & aliens which I WHOLEHEARTEDLY plan to enjoy!
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