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The Lone Ranger was this summer’s most spectacular Hollywood flop. Now you can watch director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer do the slightly uncomfortable interview dance while trying to explain why those awful critics got it all wrong when it comes to The Lone Ranger. Not one is willing to step up and say there were problems with the film as they try desperately to get people into a theater seat. Face it, even the DVD sales of this one are going to suck.

I have to admit that I have not seen the movie, there were other movies I wanted to see and were willing to plunk down hard-earned cash to see. I’ll just wait for The Lone Ranger to show up on Cinemax.

If you saw the movie and liked it, let us know why. For those of you that haven’t, take a look at the video below and let us know what you think of their sour grapes. Did what they have to say change your mind about seeing the movie in the theater?

Via: /Film


Take a huge Hollywood producer (Jerry Bruckheimer,) a larger than life director (Gore Verbinski,) and a budget greater than the GDP of Micronesia ($250 Million) and what do you get? Apparently Disney’s The Lone Ranger. A new TV spot for John Carter of Arizona the film hit the ‘net today. Filled action and trains and Depp, the trailer also has a small dash of new footage for the July 3rd tent pole flick.

Yet again previewing the tail of Tonto (Johnny Depp) and his trusty side-kick, the Not-As-Big-A-Box-Office-Draw Ranger (Armie Hammer), you can check it out below. (more…)


With all the other movies coming out this summer – Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel – it kind of seems like The Lone Ranger‘s gotten lost in all the static. So now’s a good time to be reminded that it’s also coming out this year. I guess.

Today, two new character posters have been released featuring Armie Hammer as The Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his faithful sidekick Tonto.

Check out this one of Hammer as The Lone Ranger.


And this one of Depp as Tonto.


Synopsis: From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the team behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), 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.

Source: Comic Book Movie

A full trailer for the long troubled Lone Ranger reboot should be released soon. Till then Walt Disney Pictures has decided to release a small taste of whats to come via ABC. Good Morning America had the honor of being the first morning chat/news show to awkwardly joke about Johnny Depp wearing a bird for a hat plus give us the low down on the mask that Armie Hammer wears as the titular character. Did you know that it was felt on the old TV show but now leather for the movie?

I am off to go update Wikipedia, while I do that you enjoy the clip after the jump. Fair warning, it is straight from ABC so stop it after a minute lest you be exposed to the latest gossip about Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. Looks like she is going to Yoko Ono the band One Direction. I’ll update that wiki too.



Hot on the heels of the new poster and production stills comes the first trailer from director Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The story is retold through the eyes of Tonto (Johnny Depp), how John Reid (Armie Hammer) is transformed from a simple man of the law into the legend of justice known as the Lone Ranger.

Will this “Buddie Cop” western translate to theater audiences? The synopsis talks about,”taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction.” As long as it’s not another Wild Wild West train wreck then I’ll probably go see it in the theater.

One interesting side note about this production is how Johnny Depp is handling taking on the role of Tonto, a Native American Indian. While many times when an actor plays a part outside his race (Depp does have some Cherokee blood line in his family) there are protests and calls for equality in casting (See The Last Avatar, no don’t see it. It sucks balls.), Depp seems impervious to those criticisms.

Back in May, Depp was inducted into the Comanche Nation as an honorary member, Tonto has long been depicted as a member of that tribe. Just last week Depp also made a surprise appearance as the Grand Marshall in Oklahoma for the 21st Annual Comanche Nation Fair.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The Lone Ranger rides its way onto theater screens on July 3rd, 2013.

Disney’s new production of the Lone Ranger may not be the most anticipated movie of the coming year, but it’s one that’s definitely high-up on this Nerdbastard’s list.  Gore Verbinski (of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) is directing Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the titular character, along with a host of other great talent in supporting roles.

Depp’s gotten a bit of flak considering the way he’s choosing to portray the character of Tonto, particularly from Native American activist groups.  Now, a video from the set shows Depp in (mostly) full make-up and gear, being interviewed by none other than Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

Note: The audio is crap.  Not our fault!

So what do the Nerdreaders think?  Is Depp’s portrayal a step backwards or just Johnny being… well, Johnny?

Look for Lone Ranger in theaters May 31st, 2013.


Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

San Diego Comic-Con, home of the mass-spamming of footage from every movie coming out for the next year, dropped another tidbit on fans – some scenes from Disney’s upcoming Lone Ranger film.

This new take on an old classic is being directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and stars Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto.

First opinions of the clip suggest that it’s a darker and more serious film than many expected, especially considering the pairing of Verbinski and Depp.  While we at Nerdbastards were not lucky enough to sit in on the presentation, we did find a nice description of the footage via Entertainment Weekly.

Amid scenes of the transcontinental railroad coming together in the mid-1860s, we hear the voice of Tom Wilkinson, playing an unspecified character – who clearly sounds megalomaniacal. “From the time of Alexander the Great, no man could travel faster than the horse that carried him. … Not anymore. … Imagine time and space under the mastery of man — power that makes emperors and kings look like fools. … Whoever controls this, controls the future.”

It’s hard to piece together much plot from the clips shown, but we see Armie Hammer as the title character, looking disheveled and intense. There’s a bit of gunslinging, and we see Depp’s white-and-black painted Native American warrior hanging beneath a moving train as he uncouples one of the cars.

Helena Bonham Carter turns up in elegant gentlewoman’s finery, and we see a bit of blood splashing on the ground, and some massive train accidents.

Normally I’m not a big cowboy movie kinda guy, but reading this actually makes me a little excited about the film.

Barring unforeseen complications, Lone Ranger is set to open in theaters May 31st of next year.


Thanks to EW for the look-see.

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

Director/writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, whose name sounds like it should be on the .99 cent menu at Taco Bell, has somehow managed to be aligned with – not 1 – but 3 unrealized Hollywood projects. Mr. Dillio (I know it’s supposed to be dillo, but dillio is so much more fun to say) was first attached to a big-feature adaptation of BioShock, based on the best-selling underwater, steampunk inspired video game. Then there was a reboot of The Crow, which could have starred Mark Wahlberg (*vomit*), Bradley Cooper (*facepalm*) or Channing Tatum (*da fuq*). Suffice to say, both these films got pulled from their respective studios. Thank jeebus about the latter film.

The only movie that seems to have fighting chance of being realized is the remake of Highlander – the film about an immortal swords man who decapitates his enemies and ignites a lighting storm or some shit.  While promoting his latest film, Intruders, at South by Southwest, Fresnadillo revealed it could be his next film and some more tidbits.

More on that later.

Right now, I want to share Mr. Dijeridu’s (hey, it’s not my fault Fresnadillo is such an unfortunate name) reason on why we haven’t seen that Bioshock movie yet.

The director spoke to Ain’t It Cool News at the film festival and first spoke about the film’s ridiculous expenses and his intention to make it R rated:

Bioshock is super complicated, it is a very high budget movie. Obviously, the studio doesn’t want to make a big budget movie with an R (rating). And it has to be an R.

He then talked about his vision of the movie, which is a little less expensive than what Gore Verbinski (previously attached creative) had in mind:

I would recommend to combine realism with good and special CGI. The most important thing is to make it feel like a real thing and I think you could do that with a good DP and a very real concept of the camera. That was something I proposed from the beginning, (for it) to work as an experience, you know? From the very beginning to the very end tracking the point of view of the hero of the story, going with him.

Not that anyone cares what I have to say, but I agree. A Bioshock movie HAS to be rated R. The game is pretty much a horror, thrill, and gore kind of game. Why would you water that down? With that said, I’m kind of glad a Biocock (typo, but I’m not changing it) movie was put on hold. I think its existing story can only work as a video game. Honestly, how the hell would you adapt such a lone-wolf, exploratory experience, huh?

Anyway, back to Highlander.

Fresnadillo…OOOOoooOOOooo told AICN that Highlander might be next on his plate and that he’d love to tweak with the original:

I think it’s about following the character. I would love, if we make the movie, to feel the immortality. Immortality is a curse and I would love to feel that. You are overcoming time, but you see at the same time that the most beautiful things, the things that you love, are dying and you continue this life as a tragedy. You can’t love with anyone because you’re going to lose that person.

I would love to introduce that flavor in a very strong way in the movie and at the same time the big connection with the Universe. “Why am I immortal? Why am I the chosen one?”

In that sense, the movie is an epic. I think it’s some kind of adventure romantic story about somebody who trying to share in his immortality with someone. I don’t want to reveal more than that, but there is a new revelation in the movie that is connecting with that in a very deep and strong way. If we make it, I hope you enjoy it!

So, basically he wants to make a film that lives up to Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” from the original movie’s sound track. *shrugs shoulders* While I do not want to see a remake of the classic flick, his intentions are in the right place.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

Bioshock Movie Still Has A Chance!

I must admit, I fucking loved the first Bioshock game. Flat out LOVED.

The action was great, the atmosphere and enemies were creepy and the twist at the end blew my mind! I can only think of one or two other games that have managed to do that, so I was hooked.

Bioshock 2 was a hell of a lot of fun, but compared to the first game, was a bit of a letdown.

But, when it was announced that a movie was to be made with Gore Verbinski? I was over-the-moon, as they could finally make a decent video game movie, as long as they stayed true to the themes and subject matter (read – an R rating).

However, that has fallen apart as of late, and I began to have my doubts of ever seeing a Bioshock movie …until an interview came up with the creative director of the game, Ken Levine.

I think we’re in the space now of building properties that are appealing to people, and there’s a version of BioShock that makes a great game and there’s probably a version of BioShock that makes a great movie. I think for us as a company, we don’t have any need to get a movie made. We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer. We’ve had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that’s going to be very challenging. It’s a moving puzzle, but I’m going to be continually talking to people about it. It’s definitely something that’s still in the conversation.

So, fellow Bioshock fans, there is room to hope! But, don’t hold your breath that it will happen any time soon.