It looks like there’s a possibility that Jerry Bruckheimer’s Lone Ranger movie (starring Johnny Depp as Tonto) may not be happening after all.
Reports from all over are coming in saying that Disney has shelved the movie (for now) but that doesn’t mean that it might not yet be revived in the future. The film’s reported $200 million budget had apparently grown to near $250 million.
Both Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski (along with Depp) were already on board and it’s the combination of the three that helped make the Pirates of the Caribbean movies such a popular franchise.
Bruckheimer sounded optimistic in a tweet last week that he was hard at work on the upcoming film.
Last week, Disney Chief Bob Iger expressed concerns last week about big-budget films (already having Oz: The Great and Powerful and John Carter on deck) by saying “It’s our intention to take a very careful look at what films cost. And if we can’t get them to a level that we’re comfortable with, we think that we’re better off actually reducing the size of our slate than making films that are bigger and increasingly more risky.”
It seems that in our current economic state, even media giant Disney is being cautious about spending too much to make a movie.