- THE LONE RANGER GETS BACK ON TRACK
The Lone Ranger is out of danger. After Disney halted production due to its ballooning budget, enough cost cuts have now been made to get the endangered pic back on track.
Deadline reports that "the studio is likely to have everything resolved by next week, and can start rehiring crew so that the picture will be ready to begin production in January or February. How that late start impacts the December 21, 2012 release date remains to be seen."
Johnny Depp remains set to play Tonto opposite Armie Hammer in the title role, while Ruth Wilson is expected to remain aboard as the female lead. Gore Verbinski will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.
Deadline claims the $250+ million budget was trimmed to a more acceptable $215 million by rejiggering Depp, Bruckheimer and Verbinski's sizable deals and cutting the length of the shoot.