‘The Lone Ranger’ With Werewolves Expected to Start Production Early 2012

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:24 am,

News that Disney’s The Lone Ranger was abruptly canceled last month came as a huge shock to film fans everywhere, but not as big a shock as the reason – the budget had ballooned to $250 million, partly due to the subject material involving werewolves.

Soon after, word on the street was that producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp were hard at work cutting the budget because they really, really wanted to make their Lone Ranger film with werewolves. Now comes word that they’re incredibly close to making that deal, and production will start in early 2012.

According to Deadline, the deal will likely be sealed next week, and all the major players who were previously onboard– Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, Ruth Wilson as the love interest, Bruckheimer producing, and Verbinski directing – will still be in the picture. The reason for Disney’s change of heart? Verbinski and company have managed to bring the budget down from $250 million plus to $215 million. As to whether or not the project will make its originally scheduled release date of December 2012, that’s still to be decided.

Werewolves In The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger With Werewolves Expected to Start Production Early 2012

In fairness, Gore Verbinski is an occasionally great director, and a Lone Ranger about werewolves and mysticism could – emphasis on “could” – genuinely be excellent. If the writing’s there, the direction’s there, and the talent’s there, nothing else really matters. Right?

Of course, we’re left wondering what was so bad about the original Lone Ranger story in the first place:

‘Six Texas Rangers are ambushed by Butch Cavendish and his band of dastardly outlaws. One – Dan Reid – survives and is nursed back to health by a Native American named Tonto. John Reid and Tonto dig six graves so Cavendish will believe Reid to be dead, then Reid fashions a black mask out of his dead brother’s vest and becomes The Lone Ranger. Together, he and Tonto hunt down Cavendish and his outlaws.’

Honestly, that sounds like a pretty darn good movie. Simple, yes, but timeless, too.

What are you feelings on this film? Do you want to see a Lone Ranger with Tonto as the main protagonist and werewolves as the villains? Or does even the presence of Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp not make up for the fact that there are werewolves in The Lone Ranger for no discernable reason? Let us know in the comments.


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The Lone Ranger is expected to start production in January or February 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Please! Forget the Werewolves. It seems like they are determined to destroy the characters and legend just to make a buck. At this point they are doing a pretty good job of making sure that Lone Ranger fans don’t pay to see this movie. The original story spiced up a little would have worked just fine.

    • Werewolves. You gotta be freaking kidding. You guys DON’T need it! -Stark

  2. Werewolves??? WTF??

  3. Sounds like a loser!!

  4. I agree what are they thinking with werewolfs, but remember people were sayingev the same thing when Pirates of the Caribbean came out and everyone was like “A movie based on a Disney ride!” I would have loved to have seen Timothy Olyphant as the Lone Ranger! Johnny is going to be fantastic as always and this is a role that he has always wanted to play.It will be interesting.

  5. I can’t do Johnny Depp movies anymore. Famous people must have a finite amount of time on top before they detach from reality completely and go the way of Tom Cruise and Madonna. I saw an interview with Johnny and I just can’t take him seriously anymore. If this upsets you, don’t reply until you YouTube one of his resent interviews. While you watch, I want you to remember that he is from Kentucky. And don’t tell me “He must have pick up an accent when he was travelling” I grew up with Jamaicans and have managed not to sound anything like them.

  6. Obviously it’s because of the silver bullets. I wrote an outline for a one-shot comic (and can’t possibly be the first person to think of it), but as punishment for procrastinating, I’m being scooped by Disney. Eh, they’d have stolen it anyway. It’s what they do.

  7. As much as I love werewolves, they need to be a central part of the concept or they just won’t work.