The Lone Ranger (2013 film)
|The Lone Ranger|
North American release poster
|Directed by||Gore Verbinski|
|Based on||Lone Ranger
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Running time||149 minutes|
The Lone Ranger is an upcoming 2013 American action adventure western comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski, based on the American Old West character serials of the same name. The film stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto. It is set to release July 3, 2013.
An American Indian spirit warrior, Tonto (Depp), recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
- Johnny Depp as Tonto
- Armie Hammer as John Reid / The Lone Ranger
- William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish
- Tom Wilkinson as Latham Cole
- Barry Pepper as Captain Jay Fuller
- Mason Cook as Will
- Ruth Wilson as Rebecca Reid
- Helena Bonham Carter as Red Harrington
- James Badge Dale as Dan Reid 
- James Frain
- Harry Treadaway as Frank
- Jason E. Hill as Seamus
- Grover Coulson as Joe
In January 2007, The Weinstein Company and its home-video division Genius Products planned to partner with the UK-based Entertainment Rights on a deal for home-video, digital and video-game distribution of properties from Classic Media, which Entertainment Rights had just announced a deal to acquire. Under the plan, Genius would distribute six to 12 Entertainment Rights / Classic Media properties annually on home media. The Lone Ranger was among those Classic Media properties. Instead, however, on Apri l1, 2009, Boomerang Media, formed by the founders of Classic Media, absorbed Entertainment Rights. in May 2009, Entertainment Rights and its subsidiaries and offices was absorbed into DreamWorks Classics, and on July 23, 2012 Classic Media was purchased by DreamWorks Animation.
While ownership of the Lone Ranger property was shifting during the above, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Entertainment Rights by May 2007 had set the film up at Walt Disney Pictures as Lone Ranger. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who had worked with Bruckheimer and Disney on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, were being considered to write the script. In late March 2008, Elliott and Rossio were in final negotiations. Disney then announced in September 2008 that Johnny Depp would be portraying Tonto.
The Elliot/Rossio script had a supernatural tone, and has since been rewritten by Justin Haythe. In May 2009, Mike Newell, who was then directing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Bruckheimer and Disney, entered negotiations to direct Lone Ranger. However, Bruckheimer explained the following June that he wanted to wait on hiring a director until Newell completed Prince of Persia, and until Depp finished filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. "The priority is most definitely Pirates 4," Bruckheimer commented. "They are going to cast the title role once they get a director and Disney greenlights. We don't have a director yet." In September of 2010, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct. Verbinski had actually suggested the role of Tonto to Depp while filming the second Pirates of the Caribbean film. Filming was slated to begin after Depp finished work on Dark Shadows. Actor Armie Hammer will play the role of the Lone Ranger.
On August 12, 2011, Disney announced that production on The Lone Ranger would be delayed due to budget concerns,
Addressing the project's production problems in October 2011, Disney confirmed that the film was back on track after the budget was reworked to give the studio a chance to recoup its costs. Filming was intially reported to begin on February 6, 2012, for a projected release date of May 31, 2013, which was subsequently moved to 4th of July weekend of that same year.
Some filming occurred near Creede, Colorado, in June 2012, and in Moab, Utah, in July 2012. Some filming took place during the month of August in Cimarron Canyon State Park, NM. Second unit (Stunt/Blue screen) work commenced in late September 2012 in the parking lot of Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia, California.
On September 21, 2012, a crew member, Michael Andrew Bridger, suffered a heart attack and drowned while cleaning out a pool that was going to be used in the film for an underwater action scene in Acton, California.
In April 2012, it was announced that Jack White was hired to compose the score for the film. However, White later declined to work on the film's music, citing scheduling conflicts and was replaced with Hans Zimmer in December of that year. In March 2013, Michael Einziger tweeted that he was working with Zimmer on the score.
The film was initially scheduled for a summer 2011 release date, but Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides replaced it, because the latter was considered a priority for the studio and because The Lone Ranger did not have a director. After Gore Verbinski signed for director, The Lone Ranger's release date was moved to December 21, 2012. However, budget concerns and negotiations resulted in a production delay, so the release date shifted to May 31, 2013. On May 31, 2012, the release date was pushed further back to July 3, 2013, assuming the place of DreamWorks' Robopocalypse (distributed by Disney, through Touchstone Pictures) for the July Fourth holiday weekend.
The first trailer debuted on October 3, 2012, and was attached to 3D screenings of Disney's Frankenweenie. The official trailer was released via YouTube later on as well. The first TV commercial aired on February 3, 2013, during Super Bowl XLVII.
The Lone Ranger was selected as the closing film for the Taormina Film Festival and will hold its world premiere on June 22 at the Hyperion Theater in the Hollywood Land district of Disney California Adventure, with proceeds being donated to the American Indian College Fund.
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