Disney's adaptation of The Lone Ranger is finally back in the saddle after the studio shut down production in August over the movie's reported $250+ million budget. After director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer worked to bring down the budget, which Bruckheimer said took "four to six weeks" to get the budget down to an more acceptable $215 million (which still seems like a lot, but we digress) and were rewarded with a May 2013 release date in October.
With production rescheduled for February, it was reported that the movie's leads were intact, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) remaining in the title role, Johnny Depp set to play Tonto — a role he's been attached to since 2008 — but what wasn't clear was whether the movie would retain its supporting cast, but Deadline reports that the rest of the cast will also be retained.
Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys), originally cast in June, will still play railroad tycoon Latham Cole, a character who is, as we expected, the movie's main villain. Ruth Wilson (BBC's Luther), originally cast in July, will be back as Rebecca, The Lone Ranger's female lead. kingsley enters Ender's game >> Posted 12.11.11 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. what changed? >> Posted 09.24.11 by Ryan
Kristen Wiig has landed her first post-Bridesmaids role, and the extra good news is that it's one she's coveted for a while.
THR reports that Wiig will play the title character in Imogene, which will go into production on August 8 with American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and a script from screenwriter Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere. Wiig will also serve as executive producer on the project.
Wiig has been championing the Imogene script for a while, and has been attached to the project for well over a year. "It’s basically about a girl who kind of pretends to kill herself," Wiig told The Playlist in March. "Starting off really funny, isn’t it? She does it to get her recently ex-boyfriend’s attention. She ends up having to go live with her mom, whom she hasn’t seen in years. It’s kind of about going back home, so she finds her life again and gets reintroduced to her family, kind of a coming home story."
At the time of the interview, funding had not come through for Imogene, but with the huge success of Bridesmaids, it looks like Wiig's passion project is finally on its way. The Lone Ranger gets his girl, Leatherface meets new family >> Posted 07.13.11 by Ryan