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'The Lone Ranger' Is Over Budget & Behind Schedule With Rewrites Already Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 9:45 AM
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Well, you can't blame Disney for at least trying. Last year, already sensing that "John Carter" was going to be a costly disaster (which it turned out to be), Disney began tightening the reins on the other big expensive tentpole movie they had in development, "The Lone Ranger." And they had reason to be worried. Originally budgeted at $250 million, the studio forced director Gore Verbinksi and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to scale it back to $215 million, with some of the more razzle dazzle setpieces and sequences either cut out completely or reconfigured, and principal cast and filmmakers all taking pay cuts (though with more promised if the movie was a hit). Once the studio was happy, the film was back on track, but it looks like Verbinski's reputation that he earned on the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' films for sending costs soaring is being lived up to again.

Jerry Bruckheimer Shopping Afghan War Tale 'Horse Soldiers' To Produce

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 5, 2011 11:50 AM
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A lot of conservatives were huffing and puffing in the 1990s when Disney bought Miramax Films and started distributing non-family rare like “Pulp Fiction.” Well, here’s hoping you’re happy: Miramax is dead and a few years back, Disney CEO Rich Ross announced that he would no longer be greenlighting any film that wasn’t family oriented and/or a franchise, not to mention that nothing coming out of the mouse house would be rated R.

Jerry Bruckheimer Says Supernatural Coyotes Out, Train Sequences Stay In Scaled Down 'Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 19, 2011 5:48 AM
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Producer Explains How He Trimmed The Budget of 'Lone Ranger' By Doing What He Should Have Done In the First PlaceUpdate: Disney has pushed "The Lone Ranger" start date to February 13.

'X-Men: First Class' Writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz Hired To Pen 'Top Gun 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 8:38 AM
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Well, this is an interesting development. Long talked about, though seeming more like a pipe dream than an actual thing, there is now real, actual movement on "Top Gun 2." Strap in folks.

'Lone Ranger' Starts Filming In February, But Jerry Bruckheimer Has To Pay If It Goes Over Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 1:02 AM
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Film Now Set For May 31, 2013 Release DateUpdate: THR reports that "The Lone Ranger" is now set for a May 31, 2013 release date. The spring date is no random place on the calendar, it's the frame Disney has utilized with tremendous success for the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies, so no surprise, they are following that template with this film.

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