Years ago, following the release of the first BioShock video game, ‘The Lone Ranger’ director Gore Verbinski was hired to helm a film adaptation of the wildly popular and incredibly dark property for Universal. After some struggles with the studio over the rating and financing, the adaptation sunk back into the depths of development purgatory, where it’s remained ever since. If you ever wanted to know what Verbinski’s take might have looked like, some unused concept art has revealed an adaptation that appears to be very faithful to its source material—based on looks alone, anyway.
On the heels of theater owners deciding to opt out of showing ‘The Interview,’ Sony unfortunately cancelled the Christmas Day release of the film entirely. While we patiently wait to find out if, when and how Sony might eventually release the film, the hacking incident and its related terrorist threats have also affected plans for another film. New Regency has just pulled the plug on ‘Pyongyang,’ an upcoming North Korea comedy set to star Steve Carell.
After plenty of trailers and posters, the first official 'The Lone Ranger' clip has arrived and it gives us a taste of what Disney's epic action western will feel like. If you guessed that it would feel a lot like the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films...you're right. Between director Gore Verbsinki's familiar style and the mere presence of Johnny Depp, this clip looks very much like something written for a 'Pirates' film retconned for the Old West.
"There come a time when good man must wear mask." So intones Johnny Depp to Armie Hammer in 'The Lone Ranger' trailer, which reveals that director Gore Verbinski is up for being a little weird in his big budget blockbuster.
'The Lone Ranger,' directed by Gore Verbinski, is currently in the midst of filming as photos of leads Johnny Depp (Tonto) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) in full costume and makeup leaking out left and right. However, recently the crew has experienced a tragedy on the Los Angeles set when one of the crew members died due to drowning on Friday.
Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger' is a film that almost wasn't. For a while - even with the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' director re-teaming with Johnny Depp for a franchise - it was deemed too expensive for Disney, and so they had to scale it back to get it to a $215 Million dollar budget. Now it appears that the film has fallen behind schedule and the budget has grown to $250 Million.