Johnny Depp Faces The Lone Ranger Film Shutdown Over Budget Crises

Johnny Depp Lone Ranger Project Face Shutdown Over Film Budget

Disney chief Robert Iger promised Wall Street that the company would pay more attention to its bottom line. Subsequently, the company gave producer Jerry Bruckheimer a strict budget for the movie, which led to the disagreement.

The film was set to start shooting this fall with the hopes of a late 2012 release. Depp was set to play Tonto, The Lone Rangers native american side kick.

The Social Network’s Armie Hammer was set to play the Ranger. Disney also had director Gore Verbinski onboard, but he also balked when given the budget number. Rumors are that the budget topped $200 million.

However there are hopes that the situation can be ironed out among Disney and the movies director and producer and the movie will continue on. When asked about the problem, Depp replied, “Let’s see how it all shakes out on Monday. There’s always a chance that it could go. You never know until you know.”

The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked Texas Ranger who, with his Native American companion Tonto, fights injustice in the American Old West. The character has become an enduring icon of American culture. He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ radio station owner George W. Trendle or by Fran Striker, the show’s writer.

The show proved to be a huge hit, and spawned an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, as well as comic books and movies.

Departing on his white stallion, Silver, the Lone Ranger would shout, “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” As they galloped off, someone would ask, “Who was that masked man anyway?”

Tonto usually referred to the Lone Ranger as “Kemo Sabe”, meaning “trusty scout” or “trusted friend.”

These catchphrases, his trademark silver bullets, and the theme music from the William Tell overture are indelibly stamped in the memories of millions who came of age during the decades of the show’s initial popularity or viewed the television series.

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 15, 2021
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