We recently reported news that Disney's big screen version of The Lone Ranger was set to star Johnny Depp as 'Tonto' and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as 'The Lone Ranger'. Yeeeaaahh....just forget all of that. As of right now you may want to forget seeing the movie at all. The Hollywood Reporter shot out the news this evening that Disney has pulled the plug on the big action western.
According to THR, Disney has gotten cold feet because of the movies big budget and the fact that it's a western. Western's aren't doing very well at the local mega-plex. I'm sure the not-so-spectacular performance of Universal Studios' big budget Cowboys & Aliens has made them even more nervous. Cowboys & Aliens had the pedigree of Jon Favreau directing a gruff Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig; Yet the movie just barely beat The Smurfs at the box office opening weekend.
Even with the original Pirates of the Caribbean team of Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, it isn't enough for Disney to give the final okay on The Lone Ranger's large budget.
We should remember as well that it is possible for Disney to still give the green light on The Lone Ranger, which they may do if their Pirates of the Caribbean movies are put in danger because of this.
THR speculates, rightly so, that this could put a wrench in Johnny wanting to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies for Disney. If that were to be the case, we may have seen the last of Captain Jack Sparrow. That doesn't mean that the POC movies will go away. Disney could try to get Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly to return to the franchise. Or they could start doing POC movies for kids starring that annoying monkey. It would be the Beverly Hills Chihuahua of Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I didn't say these were good ideas. I'm merely discussing some possible options they may end up looking at if Depp does walk away from the POC movies.
Disney has not responded to any requests for a comment.
You can bet that more news about this will come out before Disney's big 'D23 Expo' next week. We'll keep you updated.
What say you?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter