If it's crap ... We'll tell you
In what has become one of the more annoyingly waffling stories in Hollywood, it has been reported that Disney’s 'The Lone Ranger' is now officially back in production. Recently the plug was pulled on the project, we thought for good, mostly over disputes with the budget; said to be nearing $300 million. But now it appears that a compromise has been made and the film will now move forward with a measly (yeah right) $215 million budget. No word yet as to how this will affect the original release date, but we’re going to go ahead and assume it will not be released next holiday season since shooting isn’t likely to begin until next year.
Many people were attributing what happened to 'The Lone Ranger' on the failure of 'Cowboys and Aliens'. It seemed that not even the addition of extraterrestrials could curb the dangerous trend of modern westerns not being profitable. But let’s face it, Disney was always going to go through with this project. After seeing the mammoth international box office numbers for 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', there was no way they were going to pass on another Johnny Depp film; especially not one that reteamed him with the original 'PotC' captain Gore Verbinski.