‘The Lone Ranger’ to Begin Shooting in New Mexico Next Month

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The Lone Ranger Begins Shooting in February The Lone Ranger to Begin Shooting in New Mexico Next Month

Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger has gone through all manner of rigmarole since its inception – not the least of which was the inclusion of mystical werewolves (or should we say “supernatural coyotes”?) and a radically ballooning budget as a result.

But those werewolves/coyotes – among other expensive items– have since been cut from the film in order for it to be greenlit, or so they say. Now, finally, Lone Ranger will begin shooting next month in New Mexico.

Check out a portion of the press release below from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Film Office:

January 13, 2012 SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Film Office announced today that Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger,’ directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, will begin principal photography in New Mexico in February 2012, with production planned in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Shiprock and other locations around the state through the middle of August 2012.

“The Lone Ranger is proof that New Mexico’s film industry is alive and well,” said Governor Martinez. “This administration is committed to fostering productive relationships with film studios so we can continue to offer our talented workforce and breathtaking backdrops for major productions. As we continue to build upon our reputation as a premier film production center, we are pleased to welcome The Lone Ranger to our state.”


The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckeimer, and features an all-star cast with Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger is a thrilling action adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

That last paragraph almost makes it sound like a buddy-cop movie set in the wild, wild west, which isn’t automatically a bad thing.

It’s unclear at this point how much of the mystical aspect of Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger will remain in the final product. One thing you can probably count on is that Tonto, as played by Johnny Depp, will likely be the protagonist to Armie Hammer’s sort-of-sidekick Lone Ranger (a la the tangentially-related Green Hornet). Other things you can expect: The rip-roaring adventure and comedy hijinks that Bruckheimer, Verbinski, and Depp made so popular in their Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

The Lone Ranger and his trusty steed The Lone Ranger to Begin Shooting in New Mexico Next Month

Alas, if Lone Ranger turn out to be a box-office failure, one thing you should not expect is another big-budget western film for a very long time – especially after Cowboys & Aliens’ lukewarm success.

Are you guys looking forward to Gore Verbinski’s fresh new take on The Lone Ranger? Let us know in the comments.


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The Lone Ranger is expected to hit theaters May 31st, 2013.

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  1. Here’s to great expectations…

  2. And failures that are inevitable.

  3. I am usually up for just about anything Depp has his hands on but this one will be a rental at best. At least thats my early impression.

  4. Why New Mexico? Utah is one of the more traditional Western filming locations

    • New Mexico has one of the most competitive film tax incentives. Plus, there are so many great areas of the state to film in which are reminiscent of the old west. Santa Fe, Mesilla, or even Las Cruces.

      Films shoot in New Mexico in 2011 and 2010 include:

      A Bird of the Air
      As Cool As I Am
      Avengers, The
      Bad Posture
      Banshee Chapter, The
      Beyond the Blackboard
      Bigfoot Election, The
      Billy the Kid
      Blaze You Out
      Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo
      Boys of Abu Ghraib, The
      Breaking Bad Season 4
      Cowboys & Aliens
      In Plain Sight, Season 4
      Ink: A Tale of Captivity
      Lemonade Mouth
      Lying Game, The
      MMA Fight Pit: Genesis
      Odd Thomas
      Passion Play
      Resident, The
      Righteous & the Wicked, The
      Roswell FM
      Sunset Limited, The
      Ten Year
      This Must Be the Place
      Tin Star, The
      Truth Be Told


      5 Shells
      A Nightmare in Las Cruces
      Adventures of a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer
      Aurora Experiment, The
      Before We Say Goodbye
      Black Experience in New Mexico: 1974-1980
      Bless Me, Ultima
      Breaking Bad Season 3
      Due Date
      Fright Night
      Gunfight at La Mesa
      In Plain Sight Season 3
      Iron Man 2
      Last Stop
      Let Me In
      Love Ranch
      Odds, The
      Reunion, The
      Stargate Universe: Malice
      The Pit: Rebirth of a Legend
      Tiger Eyes
      True Grit

    • They are also filming in colorado. They are in my hometown right now.

  5. “Alas, if Lone Ranger turn out to be a box-office failure, one thing you should not expect is another big-budget western film for a very long time”

    Why? I can’t understand why studios have this idea. If this movie fails, it won’t be because it was set in the old west. It’s like saying Batman and Robin failed cause the public had enough Batman.

    • Because the studios are stupid. I’m not saying I agree with it, it’s just how these things tend to go.

  6. When will Hollywood learn not to try and fix things that aren’t broken just because no one there has enough talent and imagination to come up with somthing fresh and original?
    The Lone Ranger was good in its day, but time really does march on. Enough already with bad sequels, reboots, bad sequels of reboots. Haven’t they yet wrung the last drop of ink out of comic book characters? And, when they think they might have done so, they do a whole new reboot of those characters. Some of these Hollywood Wonder Boys should sit down and watch some films from the nineteen thirties. They just might get some good ideas and see how fine films used to be made.

    • Well, I wouldn’t have said it quite this way, but, actually, it’s quite true and I agree with the sentiment. One thing about the old films, they relied more on a really good story rather than just flashing one scene to the next, using computer graphics instead of good acting. And yes, instead of trying to remake old movies, why not try something better: like reading some of the old books, especially adventure, and making really glorious films about something that hasn’t been seen yet.

      • Hollywood has a very bad habit with bothering classic good shows and turning them into very bad box office flops I already know by having Johnny depp in the movie the focus will be solely on Tonto, that’s not the lone ranger that’s the Johnny drop show good luck with the movie though

  7. Depp as the hero (Tonto?); Tonto as the hero (Depp?). And fighting werewolves? And a humor angle? Oh, how could they ruin a good concept like The Lone Ranger? This one’s gonna stink, but I will watch it on Netflix to see how bad (same as watching Green Hornet on Netflix to see how they wrecked a good icon!). Just keep your hands off Doc Savage! I want to see a serious!!! treatment of Lone ranger. And Green Hornet. And Doc Savage! Not schlocky insult the intelligence type of stuff.

  8. It’s hard to accept a remake of classically known actors like Clayton Moore and Tonto because they defined their roles so well and so long. So, it’ll be hard not to compare the new actors in these roles. In order for the film to be a success, the actors and story have to be extremely good to be accepted. I don’t doubt that the scenery will be fantastic, because I live in New Mexico. So will look forward to that. But again, it will have to be really good to over-shadow the original Lone Ranger. Please, production team, do honor to the original if nothing else!

  9. Can you say “Sherlock holmes?”

  10. if they make the Lone ranger movie similiar to Pirates, it will fail. If kept to the original with real drama, it will be a hit and have sequels with new adventures akin to oo7. One can only hope.