- THE LONE RANGER BUDGET CUTS
The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to talk to producer Jerry Bruckheimer about the cuts that had to be made in order to get the green light from Disney for The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
He talked about the changes they made to the production plan but also gave more details on the cuts:
"We cut a sequence involving a coyote attack -- supernatural coyotes -- and a small animated segment. The train [scenes] are intact. We trimmed it a little bit. Gore made some sacrifices creatively, but nothing that would hurt the film. We had to work it out. The studio set a number, and it was always our responsibility to get to the number."
Bruckheimer addressed the change in release date from December 2012 to May 31, 2013 as well:
"It's a better date. Before, we were up against The Hobbit and World War Z. Now we're a week after Fast and Furious and a couple weeks before Superman. The competition is not as bad. There are a lot of movies jammed in at Christmas. In the summer, you have a longer run. You're cut off after the first of the year on a Christmas release."
He was also asked about the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, which will happen considering "On Stranger Tides" earned $1.039 billion at the worldwide box office this year.
"We're in the outline phase. We will lay out a story. We have a script, but we decided we could do better."