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

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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hopefully they'll recast the ranger...armie hammer sucks

Bcopes11 on Jun 13, 2012


It's horses & COLT 45's how much could it cost, that's if effing ridiculous...

Kamish on Jun 13, 2012


My thoughts exactly. Is everything made of gold?

mooreworthy on Jun 13, 2012


unless they sneek in an El Dorado actually made of gold...i agree with you two

Jericho on Jun 13, 2012


Rather than using existing trains, they built some old locomotives from scratch apparently, and those were expensive, I guess.

Ethan Anderton on Jun 13, 2012


what about the native american capt. jack sparrow?

popper on Jun 13, 2012


How about cutting Johnny Depp's probable massive pay check?

Chris Amaya on Jun 13, 2012


They already all took cuts in pay.

Ethan Anderton on Jun 13, 2012



Chris Amaya on Jun 13, 2012


Johnny is funding maority of the movie...that's why it wasn't canceled.....

Jericho on Jun 14, 2012


This sounds promising...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 13, 2012


This film is going to blow like Green Lantern and Prometheus.

Christopher Batty on Jun 13, 2012


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

Big Boss on Jun 13, 2012


Wow this must be the new trend!

Jimmy Love on Jun 13, 2012


Why do Disney always bite off more than they can chew?

Anon on Jun 14, 2012


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.

Nicholas Olson on Jun 15, 2012

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