Johnny Depp “The Lone Ranger” movie project stops, Disney quits over budget concern

By on Aug 13, 2011 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Movies, United States Comments

Walt Disney Studios’ “The Lone Ranger” movie project which Johnny Depp is supposed to be among its casts was stopped, as production executives have called it quits over budget concern.

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According to Deadline on Friday, August 12, 2011, Disney halted the “The Lone Ranger” movie project, where Johnny Depp is to play the role of Tonto and Armie Hammer as the title role.

Apparently, Disney was noted to have proposed a movie budget cut from more than $250 million down to $232 million but film director Gore Verbinski (of three Pirates of the Caribbean films) disagreed.

Incidentally, Verbinski did not direct the fourth series “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” which reports say that he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer had a clash on its budget.

This 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean” film was noted to have made over $1 billion worldwide, with around $250 million in budget, with Rob Marshall as its director replacing Verbinski.

Meanwhile, “The Lone Ranger” movie is also being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and was scheduled to be released in December 2012, with Disney not yet releasing any comment on this issue as of this writing.

Earlier reports revealed that the script is to made by Justin Haythe, with Ruth Wilson could be chosen as the female lead, as the movie casting still going on and filming scheduled to start this October.

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