Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Lone Ranger will ride again! Yes, with Tonto! And werewolves! Yes, werewolves!

Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?

The Lone Ranger uses silver bullets.

One of the few things that can kill werewolves is silver bullets.

See where we're going with this? Hi-Yo, Silver, indeed.

Hollywood was stunned last month when Disney announced it was pulling the plug on a new Lone Ranger movie, despite the involvement of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp. Now, it appears the studio is having second thoughts. 

Deadline is reporting that the project is expected to win re-approval after Bruckheimer, Verbinski and Depp managed to cut the budget from $250 million to $215 million.

Can the same man who made Captain Jack Sparrow of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise an iconic film character claim the role that Clayton Moore made famous as his own on the television series? Well, we'll never know because Depp is signed to play the faithful American Indian sidekick, Tonto. The lead role - how many of you knew the Lone Ranger's real name is Dan Reid? - is being filled by Armie Hammer. Most recently, Hammer is known for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in the 2010 film "The Social Network."

And the werewolves? Creating them digitally is a big part of the reason that the budget was so high, according to ScreenRant. Or maybe they asked for too much money.

In either case, production is projected to start early next year.

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