Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems for ‘Lone Ranger’

- 06-14-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Disney’s The Lone Ranger had a rocky road through development as the studio insisted deep cuts to the budget before it was greenlit. The Gore Verbinski-directed film starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto finally got rolling earlier this year, but now it seems that there’s some cash flow issues for the troubled production as it moves forward in New Mexico.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that once again The Lone Ranger is facing production trouble. Principal photography began on February 28th but the shoot is dragging on because of severe wind and dust storms that keeping hitting the outdoor sets. Now weeks behind schedule, the film’s budget is ratcheting back up to the $250 million mark, the plateau that Disney balked at when Ranger was in pre-production.

Now the film’s backers are forcing Verbinksi to make more cuts and do on-set rewrites to attempt to bring the budget back under control. The situation is rather financially dire as shooting is expected to continue until August, and then the rush will be on to make sure that the film makes its July 3rd, 2013 release date.

But despite that, once advertising and publicity costs are factored in, the total budget will likely exceed $300 million, meaning that the film will have to make in excess of $800 million at the box office to be successful. Considering that we’re talking about a classic cowboy tale like The Lone Ranger, will the film be able to make that much back? Doubtful, but who would have thought that Verbinski could have turned a series of Pirate movies into a billion dollar franchise?

More news as it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend

It’s Official: ‘Lone Ranger’ Starts Shooting Next Month

- 01-17-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

Finally! After years of… Well, I don’t know where to begin, Disney’s The Lone Ranger starring Armie Hammer as the masked cowboy and Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick Tonto is set to begin principal photography next month in New Mexico. Shooting will take place in cities across the Land of Enchantment, from Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Shiprock, and is expected to wrap sometime in August.

Here’s the press release confirming everything courtesy of the New Mexico Film Office:

January 13, 2012 SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Film Office announced today that Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, will begin principal photography in New Mexico in February 2012, with production planned in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Shiprock and other locations around the state through the middle of August 2012.

“The Lone Ranger is proof that New Mexico’s film industry is alive and well,” said Governor Martinez. “This administration is committed to fostering productive relationships with film studios so we can continue to offer our talented workforce and breathtaking backdrops for major productions. As we continue to build upon our reputation as a premier film production center, we are pleased to welcome The Lone Ranger to our state.”

State and local officials have been working with the Walt Disney Studios for over a year to bring the project to New Mexico.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring The Lone Ranger production to New Mexico. The state’s world-class crews, local talent and spectacular locations will be critical in helping us take this iconic story and legendary characters to new heights,” said Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer. “I’d like to thank Governor Martinez, the New Mexico Film Office, and the people of New Mexico for welcoming The Lone Ranger to your state.”

“We welcome The Lone Ranger to Albuquerque,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “We’re pleased that our local filmmakers will have job opportunities and appreciate the significant economic impact that this great film will provide to our city.”

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss stated, “I am thrilled that The Lone Ranger will be filmed here in Santa Fe and around New Mexico. Our community colleges have some of the best Film Technician training programs which put students to work; and the economic benefits that movies of this type bring to New Mexico are tremendous.”

The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckeimer, and features an all-star cast with Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger is a thrilling action adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

With $200 million, and a lot of expectations on the line, this movie is really going to have to perform.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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