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Johnny Depp Willing To Pay To Make The Lone Ranger Happen!

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Johnny Depp Lone Ranger


This is a man dedicated to his art!

As we reported earlier, Disney canceled production on The Lone Ranger due to it's high budget of $250m.

$220m is where Disney draws the line, so director Gore Verbinski has been busy working on rewrites and finding ways to trim the budget.

There are also a couple of other options in talk:

The first one is Depp, Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer offering to cut down on their own compensation to reach the budget goal. A friend close to the director says all three agree this could work. So we'll see!

And apparently if all else fails, production sources say Johnny Depp will pay the balance himself:

Johnny is passionate about the Lone Ranger as a character and Tonto especially. He has already carried out extensive research into the character and he doesn’t want to see that go to waste. Johnny feels this is a story that needs to be told and he’s talking to contacts about financing the project outside of Disney.

At first it seems a little cray cray, but then we think about all the money he makes and it's probably not that hard of a blow.

Either way, it's a still a huge testament to his commitment — last resort or not.

When asked about the fate of the film, Johnny replied:

I think everything will work out as it should.

That sounds very promising!! We really want to see this movie made too!

[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]

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6 comments to “Johnny Depp Willing To Pay To Make The Lone Ranger Happen!”

  1. 1

    I have had visuals of what this film could be. They need to make Olivier/Heston/Lancaster epic in widescreen. This could be AmaZing. Good on you Depp.

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    Almost forgot, THATS how you beat the studios! (take note George Lucas).

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  4. sxy says – reply to this


    If he uses his own studio which he has he can profit more and get more of the piece of the pie so to say. Just cutting his salary may work but once he does that then hollywood will think he will do that for other movies too it just isnt the way things are done. Now we wouldnt want Poor old Depp unemployed now would we? I mean we would miss all those hanki codes and his love for the kiddies right? lol I hope he does let his studio do this and cut disney out. Buy out the rights of many other books too and comics as well. I do think the Brave he did was good but wasnt accepted well in the USA because of the content. I mean really that movie has no worse scenes in it that the other movies I see out now. The subject matter is a touchy subject in the USA but it did do well in Cannes reviews.

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    Johhny, do it. If this thing is promoted properly it will be awesome. If it's not, it will fail miserably. Regardless of how good it is.