More proof that no movie is a sure thing this weekend, since Disney gave the surprise announcement that The Lone Ranger, from the sure-fire hit Pirates of the Caribbean team of Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp, has been canceled. The western was set to be the big star-making turn for The Social Network's Armie Hammer, so you can bet he's pissed and/or devastated right now.
Deadline had the original story, which is still breaking. For all we know, a bunch of meetings could take place and everything could get back on track as soon as this week. Much like Ron Howard's Dark Tower adaptation or Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness, it all boiled down to money. How much could a western cost, even with Johnny Depp's probably enormous salary? Seriously, a bunch of horses and maybe some explosions and you're looking at…
Wow… That's… A lot of money. Disney wanted to take The Lone Ranger's budget down to $200 million – still ridiculous – but Verbinski couldn't get it past $232 million. Seriously, what the hell are you spending that money on? Are you building a scale model of California, circa 1880? Have you added an alien invasion subplot? (Hell, Battleship did it.) On one hand, yeah, we wanted to see this movie, but you can't really blame Disney for balking at that price tag.
CRAVE Online will be back with more Lone Ranger news as soon as $250 million?! Are you @#$%ing SERIOUS?!