And "The Lone Ranger" problems continue.
Last year, production was halted by Disney for fear of its escalating cost of....$250 million. Then, all sides agreed on a set budget of $215 million (still very high, if you ask me) and the film started shooting in New Mexico on Feb. 28th.
We even received the picture above as proof that yes, Johnny Depp is Tonto and Armie Hammer is the masked Lone Ranger and production, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, was moving smoothly.
THR is saying:
Insiders say the movie, which began shooting Feb. 28 in New Mexico, is not only running days or possibly weeks behind its 120-day shooting schedule, it's also over its revised budget. Several sources say the effects-heavy Lone Ranger is now back at its original cost of $250 million, while one source close to the production says it has surpassed that figure.
Will the film be finished on time for its July 3, 2013 target release date? There may be some silver lining though, according to insiders who had seen footage, "The Lone Ranger" may do to Westerns what "Pirates of the Caribbean" did to the Pirate genre.
We'll see, but going back to my original question -- why the heck do they need $250 million plus to make "The Lone Ranger?" It's cowboys, and Indians, and a few horses right? Unless, there are aliens and sci-fi elements in there, which is a bad sign. Remember "Cowboys & Aliens?" Or what about Disney's own "John Carter?"
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