The Lone Ranger Gets Back in the Saddle for 2012 Start
09.24.11 by Ryan
Finally, Disney's adaptation of The Lone Ranger rides again.
The movie has had the easiest road to the big screen, with plans for the Lone Ranger in place since 2008 with Johnny Depp attached to play The Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto. Armie Hammer (The Social Network) was eventually cast as the Lone Ranger, but Disney shut down production last month, fearing that the $250+ million budget was spiraling out of control, but it looks like those budget issues have finally been ironed out.
Deadline reports that Disney will likely start rehiring crew and start production on The Lone Ranger next January or February now that the budget has been settled on $215 million. Can you imagine if Disney spent $250 million on a Lone Ranger movie? $215 million on a Lone Ranger makes so much more sense.
The budget was lowered after deals were restructured for Depp, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who were all looking to reunite after working together on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, as well as the production budget and shoot length. This is likely a relief for Disney, since Depp's contract was constructed that he would be paid whether they made The Lone Ranger or not.
Hammer will also return in the Lone Ranger role, and Ruth Wilson (BBC's Luther) will also return as the female lead. There's no word yet on how the delay will impact The Lone Ranger's December 21, 2012, release date (we say expect a rescheduling), or whether the other actors reportedly cast in the movie — Dwight Yoakam, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and James Badge Dale — will return to play their roles.