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The Lone Ranger's Fate To Be Decided This Week!

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Do the right thing, Disney!

To recap, last month The Lone Ranger got the axe due to budgetary issues AND because of Cowboys & Aliens' lackluster success.

Then, director Gore Verbinski tried to keep the movie alive by cutting the budget, and star Johnny Depp even said he'd be willing to fund the movie himself…but only with Verbinski onboard.

Now, we're hearing that Disney execs will be meeting Gore and producer Jerry Bruckheimer this week to make a decision on the future of the film.

We truly hope that Disney comes to their senses and gives this project the O-K. After everything that Johnny did for them with Alice in Wonderland, the LEAST they could do is let him have his passion pic!

In return, we're sure he'll give them sixteen or seventeen more Pirates flicks. Ha!

Do U think Disney will say YES to The Lone Ranger? Or will the project officially die this week???

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Not Without My Director! Johnny Depp Won't Do Lone Ranger If Gore Verbinski Isn't Onboard

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Gotta love that loyalty! Yet another reason why Johnny is amazing!

To recap, last month Disney axed The Lone Ranger because of budgetary issues AND because of Cowboys & Aliens lackluster success.

Then, we heard that director Gore Verbinski was fighting to keep the movie alive by cutting the budget.

THEN, we heard that Johnny Depp would be willing to use his own money to make The Lone Ranger work if necessary.

NOW, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are proposing a new budget "in the $215M range." Hopefully Disney will accept this, because as much as Johnny wants this movie to get made, he refuses to do it without Gore.

Do U think Disney should accept a $215 million Lone Ranger budget? Do U think the movie will be a success if it gets made?

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

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Wow!

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:

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Johnny Depp's Lone Ranger Director Fighting To Keep It Alive!

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Despite Disney dropping the ball on The Lone Ranger film due to budget constraints, Gore Verbinski isn't going down without a fight!

The director behind The Mexican, The Ring, Rango, and Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 is ready to meet Disney's demands by working vigorously toward an amicable goal.

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Disney Axes Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger!

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Remember when we said that after a variety of production snags, Johnny Depp's big screen version of The Lone Ranger was in the works?

We take it back.

Disney has reportedly pulled the plug on the flick, and although there's no official reason, sources close to production claim that director Gore Verbinski and the studio bigwigs could not agree on a budget! Combine that with the lackluster success of Cowboys & Aliens, and the movie was basically screwed!

Too bad! We would have loved to see our boy get down and dirty in the old west!

Oh well! At least we still have Dark Shadows to look forward to!

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Pirates Downsizing!

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Thanks recession!

It seems that the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie won't only be missing two of it's stars. It is also losing its big budget!

Sources explain that Disney will be giving director Gore Verbinski a comparably less amount of $$$ for the fourth flick in the franchise, most of which we imagine will be spent on effects and Johnny Depp.

What else is there really?

So what does this mean for the movie?

For audiences, expect to see Capt. Jack wandering around dry land a lot more often than in previous flicks. For the crew, it means shooting scenes in Hawaii and London rather than El and the actual Caribbean for tax incentive purposes. Plus, the shoot has been scaled back by 50 days and some major scenes have been cut from the script due to expense.

Basically, you're getting half the movie the rest of them were, which should be fine, considering we don't see Johnny doing too many more of these, if any!

So just enjoy it while you can!

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