Walt Disney Pictures has finally greenlighted The Lone Ranger, a reboot of the classic show. The film took off on a rocky start due to some serious budget issues at, at one point it reached $275 million, but after much wrangling, Director Gore Verbinski trimmed the budget down to $215 million. The box-office failure of Cowboys & Aliens also didn’t help persuade Disney either, but at long last this cowboy flick is getting made and production starts February 6 in New Mexico.
The team behind The Lone Ranger is the very same team behind the hugely popular Pirates of the Caribbean movies: star Johnny Depp, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Verbinski (director of the first three). The writers are Justin Haythe and “Pirates” duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
Oddly enough, Depp is not playing the title character, but instead he’s taking on the role Tonto, the Lone ranger’s loyal Native American sidekick. Armie Hammer and Clyde Tolson have been cast as the masked man. Tom Wilkinson will play the chief villain, Latham Cole, a robber-baron type, and English actress Ruth Wilson has the main female role of Rebecca Reid.
Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as a brothel madam; Dwight Yoakam as gang leader Butch Cavendish, who is in league with Cole; Barry Pepper as an army officer; and James Badge Dale. However, it’s not yet confirmed that they have all been signed on.
Now for the werewolf part! Replicating the formula that has made the Pirates franchise so successful for Disney, Verbinski and the writers are introducing supernatural elements to originally bland Lone Ranger. It has been rumored that werewolves and Indian occult elements will play a role, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
What do you guys think? The Lone Ranger and werewolves? Think it’s a hit or a miss? Let me know in a comment below!
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