Disney’s ‘Lone Ranger’ Lassoes A Release Date

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Director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp are ready to team up again on another period adventure tale. This time, however, it won’t involve swashbucklers and magical creatures; rather, it’ll feature action out in the Old West, with a possibly delusional Texan Ranger and his American Indian compatriot Tonto (Depp) – otherwise known as Walt Disney Picture’s Lone Ranger movie.

Disney has gone ahead and selected an official release date for its new Depp vehicle, which is now set to hit theaters before the all-but-inevitable Pirates of the Caribbean 5 arrives – thanks in part to Depp (basically) wanting to take a breather from playing his iconic pirate character, Jack Sparrow, for now.

Deadline has learned that Lone Ranger is now scheduled to reach theaters on December 21st, 2012 [insert obligatory joke about the apocalypse here]. That means the project will reach theaters a week after Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – and is going to open against the likes of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi adaptation and Judd Apatow’s This Is Forty (a.k.a. his Knocked Up spinoff).

Up to now, early talk about the new cinematic incarnation of The Lone Ranger has left fans of the old-fashioned cowboy hero less than pleased. Passing over details like the removal of “The” from the title, or questions about exactly how much Cherokee heritage Depp really has, the red flag for a lot of people has been that Verbinski wants to rework the Ranger’s story into a more unconventional adventure tale about a man (Armie Hammer) whose sanity may not be a given.

Over the course of directing the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and this year’s Rango, Verbinski has established himself as a filmmaker who is adept at making big-budget popcorn movies – but who often likes to throw incongruous philosophical and sometimes surreal material into the mix. That he seems intent on doing the same with Lone Ranger – rather than delivering a more straightforward western adventure tale – has left a number of fans either puzzled or simply frustrated. The question of whether or not Verbinski’s vision will actually work is another matter.

We shall see how it all turns out when Lone Ranger hits theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. They shoulve gone for the week before The Hobbit or even Thanksgiving Weekend. Nothing is set for that date and it doesnt have to compete with the Hobbit or Judd Apatow

    • Also, Star Trek 2 was just moved to December.

  2. Is Johnny Depp really playing Tanto?

    Is Tim Burton directing this?

  3. In light of Verbinski’s clueless vision this film will be
    quite the lone “Lone Ranger” whenever it is released.

  4. I dont know about this one. I like Depp a lot so I will save crticism till I see some film. I would like to say “dont make this” but I know that wont mean much to anyone making this film.

  5. can anyone actually prove star trek 2 is being delayed cause all im seeing so far are a lot of crack addicts jumping on speculation

    • Star Trek 2 is set to release in 12 months and they dont have a script finished yet. its gonna get delayed

      • Trek 2 will be make the Dec 2012 release date that it was just pushed back to. They are not even close to getting into pre production yet and the script isn’t even close to being ready and Abrams doesn’t know if he will direct yet. Plus Trek is a heavy SFX/CGI film, I think Trek 2 will be pushed back to a May or June Summer 2013 release date when it is all said and done.

  6. Just so long as nothing interferes with making the Dark Shadows movie, I guess Depp can do whatever he wants…but DS is MY priority! So I hope Depp & Burton don’t mess it up!

  7. I think this movie will have the same tone as Pirates of the Caribbean and Tonto will be just like Captain Jack Sparrow. Same movie but set in the Old West instead of at sea.

  8. Prediction: There will be an uproar among the Native American Indian communities regarding Depp being cast as Tanto.

    Not a good move by Disney to set the release date of this film only 1 week after the huge Hobbit film!

  9. Please don’t ruin the Lone Ranger with some kind of ridiculous story line that does not fit the character.

  10. i would sooner see a movie about a lone us army ranger helped by someone he thought was the enemy sort of try and update it abit not another cowboy movie, yer true grit was very good and aliens Vs cowboys is out soon just got a feeling in the pit of my stomach that cowboys, like most things people like, will get over used in the next year or two and i must apologize but its been so long since i saw an episode of [u]THE[/u] loan ranger i’v forgotten what the characters were like (i underlined the THE b/c i think thats how it originally was) anyway thats my 2 pennys worth