‘Lone Ranger’ Near Completion; New Set Photos of Trains & Monument Valley

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Principal photography on Disney’s Lone Ranger is still ongoing after four months. However, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has announced that the Johnny Depp western is finally nearing the completion of production.

It might not seem like an extraordinary accomplishment; that is, until you consider that Lone Ranger was almost cancelled over budget concerns – accompanied by rumors that director Gore Verbinski might get the boot – and all this before filming got going amidst negative buzz over a $215 million price tag, rumors of supernatural elements, changes to the Ranger mythosand the casting of Depp as Tonto.

Bruckheimer has been keeping the public up-to-date on Lone Ranger‘s progress via his official blog. The latest entry includes the following information (along with set photos from shooting locations such as Monument Valley):

Almost done with filming of The Lone Ranger. 125 days of shooting seemed to fly by.  We dealt with winds up to 70 mph, rain, snow,  and even wildfires but nothing has stopped us from filming this incredible movie.

The cast has been absolutely amazing and we could not have asked for a better crew. Everyone has been extremely dedicated in making this film a major success. We have a few more filming days back in California and  then post-production goes into high gear. Before we know it, it will be July 3rd, 2013 and we can’t wait to share this incredible film with everyone.

The train tracks shown in the gallery below are but a segment of a 5-mile circular railway laid down for Lone Ranger, so that production could continue without the added task of moving the massive historically-authentic train(s) constructed for the film. Indeed, the development of period-correct locomotives is rumored to have extended the production process, while also sending the budget ballooning back to upwards of $250 million.

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A teaser for Lone Ranger was shown during Disney’s Comic-Con 2012 panel; its focus was primarily on footage of said trains in action, along with majestic shots of arid landmarks photographed in areas such as Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Rest assured, this film will imbue classic tropes of the Old West genre with a contemporary sense of blockbuster grandeur – then again, that may be the only aspect of Verbinski’s vision that no one has voiced sensible doubt about.

Lone Ranger rides into theaters on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: Jerry Bruckheimer [via Collider]

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  1. It’s about time. Up next: Pirates 5 and 6

    • Yes, i completely agree. Do you think Pirates 5 will be released to theaters by 2014? Or do you think it will be released to theaters by 2015?

    • @darthstich
      Do you thnk Pirates 5 will be released to theaters in 2015?

      • Whoops, sorry about the double post.

  2. Why does going over budget equal negitive buzz?

    • “…negative buzz over a $215 million price tag…”

      The controversy had to do with how Disney is spending $200-250 million on a western, which many people feel can (and should) be made for far less money.

  3. Even if the movie isn’t that great, I still plan on seeing it, just like Green Hornet, because a movie of one of my favorite Golden Age radio characters is something still worth seeing.

    • Amen…

  4. I am a huge fan of westerns, but you cannot spend this kind of money on one and expect it to be financially successful. When it flops, much like Cowboys and Aliens, Jonah Hex, and Wild Wild West, Hollywood is going to be even more hesitant to spend any money whatsoever on smaller budgeted gems like True Grit, Tombstone, and Appaloosa.

  5. 215 million is small change for Bruckheimer.

  6. I have a hunch this is gonna be “The Boned Ranger”. I have seen absolutely nothing to recommend this (although we do need a serious attempt at a Lone Ranger movie, just not Depp, Burton, or any other Bozo doing it). We also need a SERIOUS Doc Savage movie, and a SERIOUS Green Hornet flick as well. And a SERIOUS Dark Shadows reboot, too. Not Rogan, Burton, or Depp.!!!!

  7. when are we ever going to see the comic con teaser?

  8. D’Jango Unchained is going to make a TON OF CASH on a fraction of the budget and will most likely be the more profitable of the two films.

  9. So that’s where they spent the money, on a 5-mile railroad.

  10. The last I’d heard of this movie they’d pulled the plug on it, now it’s nearly finished?!!

  11. I can’t wait for this movie. I love all of Bruckheimer’s movies and The Lone Ranger is going to be awesome. I just hope that it’s not all centered around Reed because Tonto needs some time in the spotlight and Depp promised us that this movie would focus on Tonto and how vital he is to the Ranger’s mission of vigilante Justice. I’m also excited to see how Tonto’s new Shaman powers play out. Will he summon Magical Wolves to fight alongside him like Aran in Nexon’s Maple Story? Or will Tonto use the power of the Thunderbird?

    BTW Will Smith’s Wild Wild West was an awesome movie and Cowboys and Aliens was a fun movie to watch. Just because a movie bombs at the box office doesn’t mean it isn’t a good nor entertaining movie. Disney’s Prince of Persia is still a very enjoyable movie even though it didn’t rake in lots of money. We need to remember that movies should be fun and not just ‘serious’. Westerns aren’t dead. They just aren’t in vogue right now like Sci-Fi, Comic Book adaptions and Historical Fantasy is at the moment. Everything cycles. Soon Westerns will find their moment in the Sun again. I’ve got to say that Gore Verbinski’s Rango was a pretty neat take on the Western genre.

  12. Interested….

  13. For this film to do well it will have to sell in the United States and abroad. Not sure if there will be much appeal for it outside the US, to tell you the truth.