If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger' just can't seem to stay out of the weeds. The movie, starring Armie Hammer as the western hero and Johnny Depp as his faithful Native American companion Tonto, was at one point shut down due to concerns over the inflated $250 million budget. The future looked grim for the project, but it was put back on track a few months ago with a slightly trimmed $215 million price tag. The ride seemed smooth since filming began again in February, but now it seems the budget troubles are popping up again. The film is again approaching that dreaded $250 million cost. Not only that, but it's also running weeks behind schedule. Massive cuts are being asked of Verbinski to shave some of that inflated cost. As of right now, the film is slated for a July 3, 2013 release...but will it get there?
Just when it looked like this thing was back on track, it goes careening off the rails again. At this point, my confidence in this project has officially ridden off into the sunset. I love The Lone Ranger, and I would kill to see a decent big screen adaptation, but it has become frighteningly apparent that this studio, this director, and this iteration altogether is not going to get it done. I do feel bad for Armie Hammer, the guy's a good actor and this movie probably would have made him a power player. Now, even if the movie sees the light of day, it's going to be a sloppy, hacked-up mess. I don't know what the problem is here, they keep describing the project as effects-heavy; causing much of the financial strain. I mean how many effects does a freaking western need? Is The Lone Ranger fighting Cthulhu in the middle of the desert? I think it's time to tip our hats and walk away from this one.
What do you guys think? Will we ever see this movie? Is there any chance it could be good?