Bei Access Hollywood gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Armie Hammer...
Jerry Bruckheimer hat via Twitter ein erstes Bild von Johnny Depp als Tonto & Armie Hammer als Lone Ranger veröffentlicht...
Bei CS! gibt es eine Presseerklärung zum Drehstart... [...]
Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure "The Lone Ranger." The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbusters-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski-with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning "Rango."
Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," with Armie Hammer ("The Social Network," "J. Edgar") starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee ("Michael Clayton," "In the Bedroom") and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner ("John Adams"); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down"); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s "The Kennedys," "True Grit," "Saving Private Ryan"); James Badge Dale ("The Grey," TV’s "The Pacific" and "Rubicon"); Ruth Wilson (television’s "Jane Eyre" and "Luther"); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter ("The King’s Speech," "Alice in Wonderland").[...]
Deadline meldet... Disney has tapped William Fichtner to replace Dwight Yoakam in The Lone Ranger. He will play the bad guy that Yoakam was set to take on before the actor-singer dropped out Friday because of a scheduling conflict. [...]
Einer Pressemeldung (PDF) des State of New Mexico ist zu entnehmen, dass die Dreharbeiten in New Mexico im Februar 2012 beginnen werden...
Heat Vision meldet... British actor James Frain, who recently recurred as vampire on HBO’s True Blood, has joined the cast of Disney’s The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp toplines the Gore Verbinski-directed pic, which also counts Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson among the cast.
Frain will play a tough foreman overseeing Chinese and Indian rail workers who works for the story’s chief villain (Wilkinson).
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the adventure movie which begins production in about six weeks.
Frain, who appeared in Water for Elephants, was one of the stars of NBC’s short-lived series The Cape and portrayed Thomas Cromwell for three seasons of Showtime’s acclaimed drama The Tudors. [...]
Deadline meldet... Now that Disney has green lit The Lone Ranger after derailing the film last fall to drop the budget, director Gore Verbinski’s mission is to lock in the cast. Turns out they all waited around and are available when the film begins production in February. Disney has closed a deal with Ruth Wilson, the Luther star courted to play the female lead alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Now, Tom Wilkinson is closing in on a deal to play lead villain Latham Cole. The studio is also workout out deals with Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Dwight Yoakum.
THR sprach mit Jerry Bruckheimer... The producer tells THR how he slashed a $260 million megabudget to get Disney's green light on the Johnny Depp film, why the negotiations took so long and how he feels about the new release date.
Jerry Bruckheimer says he never had any doubt that The Lone Ranger would get made with star Johnny Depp. But the project proved to be the most difficult negotiation of his career after Disney halted production in August as the budget reportedly spiraled beyond $260 million. Disney CEO Robert Iger set a hard number -- $215 million, according to a knowledgeable source -- and agreed to go forward with Lone Ranger only if the filmmakers hit the target. In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer explains how they got there. THR: How did negotiations get to the point where Disney shut down the movie?
Bruckheimer: We had a script that we kept working on. It was evolving. You start looking at locations, you look at the menu and say: "I like all these desserts. I want 'em all." And you hit a number and they say, "We can't afford that." Then you start cutting it back. Disney wanted to stop the spending unless they felt the budget corresponded to the number that the boss [Iger] wanted. They had set a deadline [Aug. 12] for us to submit a budget, and we didn't hit their number. They said, "Can you hit it?" We didn't have enough time to really vet the budget, and we said we couldn't hit it right away. And they said, "We have to stop the bleeding." We understood what they were doing, but we wanted to keep working. THR: Were you shocked that they shut it down?
Bruckheimer: It's always a shock when they actually do it. But I was still very confident that we could get the picture made. It took us about four to six weeks to figure out how to make the movie more economically. THR: How did you do it?
Bruckheimer: We redid the production plan. We originally laid it out to avoid winter. Every single location we had, there was winter -- 30s at night, 50s during the day, best-case scenario. We were jumping around. California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah. If we had a big crowd scene and then the next day we were shooting just Tonto and the Lone Ranger, we still had the crew "on" because you have them weekly. So we bunched the sequences that were big together, and for the smaller scenes [we] laid off the extras, the effects people, the makeup people. It costs an enormous amount with 150 extras on the set. It's not the extras, it's the people that support the extras. You're still carrying all the wardrobe, makeup and hair people. We bunched together scenes with Tonto and the Lone Ranger, so we had a much smaller crew. We saved about $10 million just by doing that.
Then we looked for the best break in tax incentives. We found that Louisiana gave us a better tax incentive than New Mexico -- that was another $8 million. We're still shooting in New Mexico, and we might [also] go to Louisiana. We're asking New Mexico to come closer to the Louisiana incentive.
We dropped our California location not because they didn't offer a tax break but because it was another production office that we had to open. Every time you have a new location, you have to use crew time setting it up for you. There are a lot of expenses. THR: And there were deferments on fees?
Bruckheimer: Disney held back fees, and I put up some of my development money. I've done that before. [Director] Gore [Verbinski] and myself and Johnny and some vendors and creative people agreed to deferments. They will get paid at a certain point that Disney negotiated with them, as I will. It's a "favored nation" deal, so we all get paid at the same point when Disney recoups. That took a month or more. Then [on Oct. 13] we could finally start spending again. Some below-the-line people gave us reductions.
Disney would have much preferred us cutting stuff out of the script. But the competition is fierce. You can't compete with The Hobbit, you can't compete with Transformers if you do that. The audience will stay home. THR: Did you have to lose sequences from the script? There was talk that some train sequences were cut back.
Bruckheimer: We cut a sequence involving a coyote attack -- supernatural coyotes -- and a small animated segment. The train [scenes] are intact. We trimmed it a little bit. Gore made some sacrifices creatively, but nothing that would hurt the film. We had to work it out. The studio set a number, and it was always our responsibility to get to the number. THR: What if the picture still goes over budget?
Bruckheimer: We are all sharing the burden on overages, including Disney. THR: Because you missed your original start date, how do you feel about Disney moving the release from December 2012 to May 31, 2013?
Bruckheimer:It's a better date. Before, we were up against The Hobbit and World War Z. Now we're a week after Fast and Furious and a couple weeks before Superman. The competition is not as bad. There are a lot of movies jammed in at Christmas. In the summer, you have a longer run. You're cut off after the first of the year on a Christmas release. THR: Was this your most difficult negotiation ever?
Bruckheimer: It's been very hard. It's just the times. It's tough out there. The studios lost a real source of revenue in DVDs. It's much tougher, much harder. The studios are making fewer movies. In the past, there's always been something else [to make up lost revenue] that's jumped in there. There will be something, but it hasn't happened yet.
But I've had so many movies shut down. The first Pirates was shut down. Pearl Harbor was stopped. So was Armageddon. For me, this is normal. This is: "Get real. Let's get the budget where we can make it." THR: How important is this movie to Verbinski?
Bruckheimer: He's certainly motivated to bring the picture in on budget. [...]
Deadline meldet... I’m hearing that Disney has set The Lone Ranger to start production February 6, 2012. That re-establishes one of the most intriguing examples of a star-driven film that was unplugged because of high budget and was put back together in a way that gives the studio a chance to recoup its costs. Though The Lone Ranger has arguably the world’s most bankable movie star in Johnny Depp, it also is a Western, which (as evidenced by the lackluster performance of Cowboys & Aliens), doesn’t as a genre do strong business overseas. I expect this to be formalized by tomorrow. [...]
THR meldet... Disney's $250 million Western appears doomed amid a frantic effort to save the project.
Will the Lone Ranger cry "Hi-ho Silver!" or ride into the sunset? Disney shocked Hollywood by pulling the plug Aug. 12 on the $250 million-budgeted Western, which was scheduled to enter production in the fall with Johnny Depp starring as Tonto. While the studio is giving director Gore Verbinski a week to rework the script and bring costs down significantly, many associated with the project believe the budget pressures are too drastic to salvage the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie as it was conceived and developed.
A source close to the dealmaking says studio chief Rich Ross believes the "substantial budget gap" can only be bridged by Verbinski reimagining some of the bigger sequences and a few "give-backs" from the talent -- moves that those working on the film have been uninterested in making.
"It all starts with [Verbinski]," says a source. "If there is any saving this version of the movie, he'll have to find substantial savings. If he can, maybe we can hold this together."
Verbinski is said to have brought the budget down to $242 million to $244 million via nips and tucks, but the source says it needs to get to $215 million to $220 million -- or less. Verbinski and Bruckheimer are said to have given up a total of $10 million from their fees, but it appears unlikely that the filmmakers will reduce the budget further.
Even at the cost Disney has targeted, the film would have to gross about $800 million worldwide to be profitable when marketing and rich backends to Depp, Verbinski and Bruckheimer are factored in. That's a tough task for a non-sequel, notwithstanding Depp's appeal and older audiences' familiarity with the Lone Ranger character.
The underperformance of the Western Cowboys & Aliens this summer also has added to Disney's skittishness, as has its $300 million commitment (the studio says it's lower) to John Carter, the 2012 adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book by first-time live-action director Andrew Stanton (Captain Jack SparrowWall-E).
One thing that is unfathomable to many is how a Western can cost $250 million.
The original script included werewolves and other supernatural creatures from Native American myths. Those bells and whistles have been jettisoned, but according to sources who have read recent drafts, three massive action set pieces involving trains remain, including one described as the biggest train sequence in film history.
Verbinski earned a reputation for budget-busting on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. He frequently clashed with then-physical production head Bruce Hendricks to the point that after the third Pirates -- whose budget had ballooned more than $300 million, according to sources -- the studio was no longer interested in working with the director.
If Ranger doesn't ride, it won't be the first time Verbinski loses a project because of budget reasons. He was to have directed an adaptation of the video game BioShock, but Universal put the project on hold in 2009. Verbinski is said to have called cast and crew this week to say he is trying to salvage Ranger.
Replacing Verbinski and reimagining the script would be risky, but Depp -- who also stars in Disney's Pirates and Alice in Wonderland franchises -- might stay since he's been with the project since 2008, two years before Verbinski boarded.
And proceeding at a reduced budget might please Disney CEO Robert Iger, who recently said: "It's our intention to take a 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."
Walt Disney Pictures has halted production on The Lone Ranger, Deadline reports. This comes as surprising news as the project has been fully cast and was planned to begin shooting this fall.
Described by Verbinksi as "'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view," the film was to star Armie Hammer as the titular western hero with Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto. The supporting cast was to include Ruth Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Barry Pepper.
The reason for the move is said to be due to ballooning production costs and an increasingly expensive upcoming slate for the studio. Still, the most recent collaboration between Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has grossed more than a billion dollars internationally. That film also belonged to a franchise launched by Verbinski.
Though planned for a December 21, 2012 release, the future of The Lone Ranger is now uncertain. UPDATE: Variety is now reporting that Disney still plans to move forward on the project but is in the process of bringing down costs in order to do so. Whether this will result in a delay of production remains to be seen, but check back for updates as they become available.
Variety is reporting that Tom Wilkinson is in early talks to join Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in director Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. The Disney release is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
The trade says that he "would portray a railroad tycoon in the Old West who plays a prominent role in the Mouse House's bigscreen pair-up of Armie Hammer, as the masked Texas Ranger, and his trusty sidekick, Tonto, to be played by Johnny Depp." [...]
We've known for some time that Gore Verbinski's feature version of The Lone Ranger is coming, but now we know exactly when. Deadline reports that the film is set for a December 21, 2012 release.
"It's sort of 'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view," Verbinski told ComingSoon.net of the film's plot earlier this year.
Armie Hammer will play the titular hero with Johnny Depp attached to the role of Tonto. The film is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and features a script from Justin Haythe.
A December 2012 release puts The Lone Ranger up against the December 14th release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [...]
JoBlo.com meldet... After pondering actors like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, THE LONE RANGER has grabbed new "It Guy" Armie Hammer to climb into the saddle as the titular Old West hero.
As previously rumored, the SOCIAL NETWORK Winklevoss(es) has officially decided to join Johnny Depp in director Gore Verbinski's version of the iconic justice-seeker and his sidekick Tonto.
Although if you're wondering how this Hammer landed such a choice leading role, Depp's recent comments would imply that his Tonto will actually be the main character this time: "I remember watching [the show] as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f-ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do? I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to - ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible - but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head."
The Bruckheimer-produced Disney project will hit the dusty trail as soon as Depp finishes DARK SHADOWS, and may ride into theaters for the 2012 holiday season.
CS! sprach mit Gore Verbinski. u.a. über seine "Lone Ranger"-Verfilmung... [...]
"It's sort of 'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view," said Verbinski of the Justin Haythe script, indicating that Depp's Tonto will actually be the main character, "...But it's coming along really great...[It] wouldn't shoot until next year, probably, because Johnny's doing 'Dark Shadows.'"
In between then and now, however, Verbinski is likely to tackle another project, though he isn't entirely sure what it will be.
"I don't know, honestly," he laughed, "I have quite a few options. If you ask me that question in three weeks, I can probably answer it, but there's too many things that are conflicting schedules and I still have to factor availabilities and everything else. So whatever I tell you will be wrong in two days." [...]
Inside Movies sprach mit Johnny Depp... Johnny Depp is still planning to star in Disney’s planned big screen version of The Lone Ranger, he tells EW exclusively. "I think it’s going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet," says Depp of the project, The actor will play the role of Tonto in the project, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer with original Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached to helm. "What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny."
Depp, who is part Cherokee, feels a special connection to the role of Tonto. "I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades," he says. "It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think." [...]
Johnny Depp aka Tonto wurde gefragt, wer denn für die Titelrolle vorgesehen sei, Latino Review zitiert den Schauspieler... [...] "There's so many interesting possibilities out there," he says. "Brad [Pitt] would be great. [George] Clooney would be great. Don't know who it's going to be just yet." [...]
Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed to ComingSoon.net that Gore Verbinksi is now officially signed on for Disney's The Lone Ranger.
Verbinksi, who has worked with Johnny Depp on the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the upcoming Rango, will re-team with the actor, currently attached to play the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto. [...]
Deadline meldet... Gore Verbinski is saddling up for a re-team with Johnny Depp on The Lone Ranger.
Verbinski, whose last live action film was 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, is getting serious about making his next directing outing The Lone Ranger, the Disney pic that has Jerry Bruckheimer producing with Depp playing Tonto.
No word on when the film will begin production--Depp has no shortage of offers and has in the offing a re-team with Tim Burton on Dark Shadows--and the idea of Verbinski possibly doing this has been in the ether. I'm told that Verbinski is looking around for the next job after completing his first animated film as a director in Rango, which Paramount Pictures distributes next year. Depp, of course, voiced the goggle-eyed title lizard. Verbinski's repped by CAA.
Heat Vision meldet... Justin Haythe, who adapted "Revolutionary Road," is negotiating to take on the script for Disney's "The Lone Ranger."
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the project, which announced the casting of Johnny Depp as Tonto nearly a year and a half ago. Haythe's involvement is the first sign of life on the project since, which could indicate that the franchise potential of the material is a high priority for the new Disney regime. [...]
The CAA-repped Haythe wrote the screenplay for the 2004 drama "The Clearing" and has "Jekyll" in development with Red Wagon Prods. at Universal.
IESB sprach mit dem Produzenten Jerry Bruckheimer... Q: [...] It's so Johnny Depp to want to be Tonto, but did you want him as the Ranger for The Lone Ranger?
Bruckheimer: No. We always wanted him as Tonto.
Latino Review sprach mit Johnny Depp, u.a. über "The Lone Ranger"... [...] I think we're still in the sort of super beginning stages so there's all kinds of possibilities, but I feel like I have some good ideas for the character that I don't think have been done all that much before. [...]
CS! sprach mit dem Produzenten Jerry Bruckheimer... [...] That led us to wonder what the status of The Lone Ranger really was, since other than Johnny Depp as Tonto, no casting for the lead character has been announced; we asked whether that information might be forthcoming. His response was that they were going to "wait until they got a director and Disney says to go make the movie," essentially denying earlier stories that "Prince of Persia" director Mike Newell was in talks to direct the movie. "We don't have a director yet. He's too busy on 'Prince of Persia' right now," Bruckheimer confirmed.
CS! sprach mit Jerry Bruckheimer... [...] As far as approaching the sequels for "National Treasure" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," Bruckheimer says that both are having scripts written. "We've sat with the writers and we're working up the story and plotlines right now. They're in the process of finishing 'The Lone Ranger' so they're working on both of those simultaneously, same set of writers, Elliot and Rossio, who did all three 'Pirates' and worked on 'National Treasure (2)'"
[...] it was confirmed at the Disney event that Johnny Depp would also play Tonto in Bruckheimer and Disney's new version of The Lone Ranger, but when Bruckheimer was asked about the rumors of George Clooney playing the title character, he denied that it was confirmed. "We haven't decided who is going to play the Lone Ranger yet. Get a director first and then figure it out." [...]
TheSun.co.uk meldet... HOLLYWOOD heart-throb GEORGE CLOONEY is to play the Lone Ranger in a new movie.
The Oscar-winner, 47, will appear as the masked crimefighter with fellow star JOHNNY DEPP as the legend’s trusty sidekick Tonto.
An insider said last night: "George is very keen - he’s been trying to do a movie with Johnny for a long time.
"He thinks they’ll make the perfect on-screen partnership,"
The film will be written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who also scripted the three hit Pirates Of The Caribbean films starring Depp, 45.
The fictional cowboy was invented for radio in the 1930s but is best known from the long-running 1950s TV serial, when he was played by Clayton Moore.
CS! meldet... During Disney's preview today in Hollywood, the studio questioned who could possibly play the titular character in its upcoming feature The Lone Ranger.
At that, Disney rolled out the USC marching band to come down and play the Ranger's theme song. This was followed by an appearance by Depp himself who took to the stage in full Captain Jack Sparrow attire...wearing The Lone Ranger's mask.
According to our Disney reps, Depp is officially signed to play Tonto and not the Lone Ranger as initially implied.
The Lone Ranger, said to be an origin story, is written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
Writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are going from "shiver me timbers!" to "Hi-yo Silver!"
The writing duo, best known for their work on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, are in final negotiations to write a live-action big-screen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger" for Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The project will be made by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films in association with Entertainment Rights.
"Ranger," owned by Classic Media, began life as a 1930s radio show. Its popularity led to movie serials, TV shows, comic strips and comic books, toys, novels and more.
The hero's origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.
Despite the long-standing presence in pop culture, however, "Ranger" has not enjoyed success in modern times. The character's most recent shot at the big screen, 1981's "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," failed so badly that the film's star, Klinton Spilsbury, never worked in Hollywood again. In 2003, WB Network aired a TV movie that served as a backdoor pilot, but it also bit the dust.
Part of the problems are the character's tropes -- wearing a mask, using only silver bullets, a creed that includes not killing your fellow man, the exclamation "Hi-yo Silver, away!" -- which can seem musty to today's audiences.
Rossio and Elliott, however, do have experience bringing back genres that seemed passe. The CAA-repped duo wrote "The Mask of Zorro," the hit adventure movie featuring one of the Ranger's contemporaries, as well as Disney's "Pirates" franchise, which breathed new life into the old skull and crossbones.
Bruckheimer is producing "Ranger," and Bruckheimer Films' Mike Stenson and Chad Oman are executive producing. Jason Reed is overseeing at Disney.
Die neue Comic-Serie erscheint hierzulande bei Cross-Cult als edle Hardcover-Ausgaben...
Brett Matthews, Sergio Cariello, John Cassaday The Lone Ranger Band #1: Für immer und ewig
144 Seiten (Mai 2009)
Die ersten 6 Ausgaben der Neuerweckung einer Genre-Legende als Sammelband im Hardcoverformat. Nominiert für den EISNER Award als "Beste Serie 2007" und zahlreiche weitere Preise, mit Coverillustrationen des Star-Zeichners John Cassaday...