Disney Halts Production On ‘The Lone Ranger’, But There Is Hope
The failure of ‘Cowboys Vs Aliens’ could have deserted the Johnny Depp starring western.
In a very shocking development that pretty much no one had expected, Disney has pulled the plug on the production of their upcoming ‘The Lone Ranger’ starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Why? Read on.
Deadline has the report which basically says this – the movie adaptation, based on the classic TV show of the same name, is nearing a projected budget of $240 million which is simply unnaceptable for Disney and yet Verbinski and the producers are adamant upon it. But Disney is balking on that figure, having already (unconfirmed) spent around $300 million on next year’s ‘John Carter of Mars’ thanks to re-shoots and $200 million on Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz’.
Another possible reason why Disney doesn’t agree is the failure of ‘Cowboy Vs. Aliens’ at the box-office, which was also a very expensive western with big actors in it. But the creative team didn’t budge, so Disney has for now pulled the plug on the movie.
But all hope isn’t lost, because there are reports that both producers and Verbinski are using a last-minute effort to bring the budget down by re-working some of the major action scenes in the movie. Only time will tell whether this Lone Ranger will truly be left alone.
Personally, I think Disney isn’t realizing the commercial potential of Johnny Depp in the film. Yes, it is a western but the combination of Disney and Depp has always grossed almost a billion dollars with every movie and done right this could get the same results. However, one thing I do agree with Disney is the ridiculously high budget of $230 million for a ‘western’. ‘Cowboys Vs Aliens’ had an alien invasion angle to deal with, what’s the excuse here? If there’s a way to bring the bloated budget down, I support that happening.
But I also want the movie to happen since the project seems like a fun popcorn movie that has the potential to even be a franchise.
We’ll keep you updated on this saga.