14 August 2011

The Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp shut down by Disney

Picture by Luca Ferrara

Disney's much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp has been put on hold, according to industry reports. Filming had been due to begin in October in New Mexico. Deadline Hollywood said the studio had stopped pre-production over problems with reducing the movie's estimated $250m cost.

Deadline reported a source close to the film, who said producers were now discussing whether to take the project to another film studio or to continue at a later date with a lower budget.

The Social Network star Armie Hammer was set to play the masked Texas Ranger with Depp as his partner Tonto. Jerry Bruckheimer had been lined up to produce the film, with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski also on board.

The Lone Ranger - about a ranger battling injustice in the Old West - first aired on the radio in the US in the 1930s and became a popular TV series running from 1949 to 1957.

The movie adaptation was scheduled to be released on 21 December 2012.
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