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'The Lone Ranger' Having Budget Problems Again, Planning Rewrites

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June 13, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

The Lone Ranger

Later in the summer of 2011, there were already budget problems plaguing Disney's adaptation of the classic hero The Lone Ranger, and the issues were so problematic that production was halted indefinitely. But towards the end of the year, some budget cuts were made and director Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were ready to go and a July 3rd, 2013 release date was set. Well, now more troubles have come along for the production as Heat Vision sadly reports the film is over budget again, surpassing even the original budget estimates that had to be cut, and rewrites are being ordered as well.

Word is that the cost of The Lone Ranger is back up to $250 million, but some sources say that it has actually surpassed that number. In addition, the production is said to be days, maybe even weeks, behind its original schedule. This means more scenes are being cut (and that comes after a big train action sequence was axed the first time around), and some rewrites have been ordered to help lasso the production back to being manageable again. How much can you cut and rewrite while in production before you don't even know what movie you're making anymore? This does not bode well for Disney, and I'm sure the set release date doesn't help since production has to rush to meet deadlines unless the release is pushed back again.

However, Verbinski has been known for blowing his budget out of control though, so this isn't much of a surprise. And apparently, the delays and such aren't entirely his fault. There's been some inclement weather, including wind and dust storms, that are wreaking havoc on the set in New Mexico. However, despite these problems, apparently many are still optimistic for the release with some saying that this could continue to reinvigorate the Western as Verbinski plays with the genre in the same way he made pirate movies exciting again. Plus, one source who spoke to THR says, "It's out of control, but if you were going to bet on anyone, it would be on Gore, Johnny and Jerry." I suppose that's a good attitude to have, but these kind of problems during production don't instill a lot of faith. Hopefully, they get back on track and make a good flick.

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  • Bcopes11
    hopefully they'll recast the ranger...armie hammer sucks
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FUMQLYKFEG76IIRXLRX66I4BQU Kamish
    It's horses & COLT 45's how much could it cost, that's if effing ridiculous...
    • mooreworthy
      My thoughts exactly. Is everything made of gold?
      • Jericho
        unless they sneek in an El Dorado actually made of gold...i agree with you two
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Rather than using existing trains, they built some old locomotives from scratch apparently, and those were expensive, I guess.
  • popper
    what about the native american capt. jack sparrow?
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya
    How about cutting Johnny Depp's probable massive pay check?
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      They already all took cuts in pay.
      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593169740 Chris Amaya
        MORE PAY CUTS ALL AROUND!
        • Jericho
          Johnny is funding maority of the movie...that's why it wasn't canceled.....
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    This sounds promising...
  • Christopher Batty
    This film is going to blow like Green Lantern and Prometheus.
  • Big Boss
    I GUARANTEE you this is because of Django Unchained. Disney realized that Lone Ranger is a freaking western, and dumping almost $300M into it is beyond idiotic. I'm sure Tarantino's budget was nowhere near that, yet DU looks like a masterpiece. Pirates and mermaids is one thing, but at the end of the day--a western is a western. Don't believe me? Go look up Cowboys & Aliens and see how well that fared. lol
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    Wow this must be the new trend!
  • Anon
    Why do Disney always bite off more than they can chew?
  • Nicholas Olson
    This movie looked like a Pirates of the Caribbean rip-off from the first pic, where you see Depp as the awfully-Jack Sparrow-resembling sidekick who will obviously steal the show in another Disney movie. Helena Bonham Carter is listed in the credits for IMDB too. If that's not a red flag for this movie, I don't know what is. They probably lost funding after their payroll saw Depp getting a blowjob from Helena Bonham Carter on mothers day with their families in 'Dark Shadows'. I'm still panning for Tim Burton's name somewhere on this project.

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