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Disney Gets Back On The Horse For 'The Lone Ranger,' 2012 Start Expected

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 6:14 AM
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It's been a long, it's been kind of ugly and very public, but it looks like Disney, Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbiniski are now all on the same page as Deadline reports that "The Lone Ranger" is back in the saddle and eyeing a 2012 start date.

Lower Budget Turned In For 'The Lone Ranger'; Johnny Depp Sticking By Gore Verbinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 2:41 AM
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Ah, the saga of "The Lone Ranger" continues to ride on and in case you've been away here's the short version. Seeing "Cowboys & Aliens" tank, contrasted with the extraordinary $250-75 million budget that was in play for "The Lone Ranger," Disney panicked and yanked the cord on the film, sending the filmmakers scrambling to try and get the budget down to somewhere between $200-220 million while still retaining the eye-popping sequences people are going to be paying for. The result? Well, it's not back up and running but producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski are trying their damndest.

Will 'The Lone Ranger' Ride On Without Gore Verbinski?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Reporting from D23, Deadline noted a curious omission in comments by Disney exec Rich (not Rick) Ross regarding the currently-stalled "The Lone Ranger." “I’m hoping to do it," he says, "I’m certainly hoping. I think it’s a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer] and Johnny [Depp] more than me so we’ll see how it works.” Curious is the unmentioned Gore Verbinski, who has been in the director's chair for this project coming on a couple of years now.

Latest 'Lone Ranger' Draft Ditches Supernatural Elements, But Set Pieces Will Need To Be Scaled Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 6:40 AM
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Not long after the shocking announcement earlier this week that "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp was being killed off by Disney, word circulated that part of the reason the western was budgeted at a staggering $250 million was due to the presence of supernatural creatures (not as reported, werewolves). The 2009 draft we read by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio featured supernatural wolves, a legion of coyotes and the Wendigo, a cannibalistic Native American spirit capable of possessing humans. However, in a update on the ongoing saga of the film THR reveals that according to their sources, those elements have been scrapped in the latest versions of the screenplay (the most recent rewrites were by Justin Haythe), but it's still not enough to bring the price tag down.

So How Come 'The Lone Ranger' Was Going To Cost $250 Million? 5 Reasons Disney Got Cold Feet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2011 12:55 PM
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Assuming "The Lone Ranger" ever gets made, spoilers ahead

Disney Shoots Down 'The Lone Ranger' Over $200 Million+ Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2011 3:36 AM
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Johnny Depp may have the Midas touch in Hollywood but it seems even Captain Jack Sparrow has his limits over at the mouse house.

Dwight Yoakam Will Giddy-Up As The Villain In The 'Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 10:27 AM
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Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale & Helena Bonham Carter Also Getting Ready To Saddle UpIf there is one thing that country musician and actor Dwight Yoakam does well, its act like an asshole and sleazebag. Billy Bob Thornton knew this when he cast him as the memorably repulsive Doyle Hargraves in "Sling Blade" and David Fincher realized his presence alone was worth more than pages of dialogue when he tasked Yoakam to play the unpredictable and violent Raoul. He can also be wryly funny as he's displayed in "Crank" and "Wedding Crashers" but he's gearing up for this biggest movie yet.

'Luther' Star Ruth Wilson Saddles Up For Female Lead In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 11:33 AM
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Beats Out Jessica Chastain & Abbie Cornish For The RoleThe sausage party (thus far) of the upcoming big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Tom Wilkinson is getting an injection of estrogen.

Tom Wilkinson In Talks To Join Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 12:58 PM
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There's nothing that can make a director look good in retrospect as someone else coming into the franchise that they birthed and messing it up even more than it already was, and that's what happened to Gore Verbinski in the last month or so. The second and third entries in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series might have been bloated and CGI-heavy (although not without their charms, we'd argue), but they were "Raiders of the Lost Ark" compared to Rob Marshall's recent fourth installment, and if nothing else it's reminded us that Verbinski is a more talented director than many of his tentpole competition.

'The Lone Ranger' With Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Saddles Up On December 21, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:40 AM
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In the works for what seems like forever, the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" is now happening and is now pegged with a blockbuster sized release date.

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