Did Werewolves Cause The $250 Million Budget for Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger?

Did Werewolves Cause The $250 Million Budget for Johnny Depp's <i>The Lone Ranger?</i>

A source has contacted Hollywood-elsewhere with new information, and provided a revealing page of the script that suggests werewolves as the antagonist. Also, Cowboys and Aliens flopping was the final nail in the coffin.

The reason The Lone Ranger's budget was so astronomically high that Disney execs decided to shut it down was because it's an effects-heavy CG thing due to being a kind of an Indian-spirituality werewolf movie, a.k.a., The Lone Ranger Meets the Wolfman. Yes, I'm serious. A 3.29.09 draft of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio's script makes it clear it was going to be partially about some kind of Native American wolfbeast tearing victims apart and leaving a bloody mess.

"It was always going to be a big Bruckheimer CG movie with traditional Bruckheimer elements with an eye toward being a tentpole, totally Pirates-style," says a gadfly screenwriter who always hears stuff and has been following the project through postings on writersactionbss.com -- a private writers' website that Elliott has posted on.

"It was never going to be a semi-traditional western...it was never going to be Zorro. It was going to be a Tonto show mainly. Tonto as the top dog and more dominant than the Lone Ranger. Tonto and the Indian spirits like Obi Wan Kenobi and the force. The driving engine was going to be Native American occult aspects worked in with werewolves and special effects. But flavored with doses of Native American spirituality in a serious way."

"But then Cowboys & Aliens came along and tanked and Disney got cold tenderfeet, spooked by the idea of a pricey mashup. If Cowboys & Aliens had made $200 million, this wouldn't be happening. A Bruckheimer-style western in the wake of Cowboys & Aliens is nothing anyone is feeling secure about at this stage. Trust me, the writers of tentpole garbage are all scared now."

Werewolves vs. The Lone Ranger? What the heck is that? Wow! Now I understand why the budget ballooned to $250 million dollars. And I also understand why Disney put a halt to it.

The word of mouth on Cowboys and Aliens was very good, and then the movie was shown and instead of cheers it got jeers. If creative heavyweights like Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jon Favreau can't make a successful film mixing the western with a monster (alien) than you can't earmark $250 million to Depp's project.

The Lone Ranger was scheduled to be released Dec. 21, 2012
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moviejunkie74 - 8/15/2011, 12:09 PM
i saw cowboys and aliens yesterday and i thought it was one of the better movies i've seen this year and i've seen alot. they (disney) shouldn't be so chickensh!t and roll with it! it just might work....
the17thrunaway - 8/15/2011, 12:09 PM
Holy Crap
ThaMessenger07 - 8/15/2011, 12:16 PM
They should make it like Zorro or The Musketeer....what a crock of $#!t.....
revloveR - 8/15/2011, 12:18 PM
I don't know a thing about Lone Ranger mythology, so i don't know how any f this ties into it. i know Mr.Depp is a Disney cash cow, but that's still a shitload of money.

revloveR - 8/15/2011, 12:19 PM
I don't know a thing about Lone Ranger mythology, so i don't know how any f this ties into it. i know Mr.Depp is a Disney cash cow, but that's still a shitload of money.

Shaman - 8/15/2011, 12:21 PM
Well if it was going to be a Tonto film, then i'm glad it got shut down. It would be just as bad to make a Robin film with Batman on the side lines. MEH!
SigmaCenturion - 8/15/2011, 12:23 PM
you got to be fricking kidding me.
superbatspiderman - 8/15/2011, 12:24 PM
i am glad this movie got shut down. Where are the original ideas in films these days? Everything has to be a remake or a reboot or a book ,where is the originality?
SigmaCenturion - 8/15/2011, 12:25 PM
hey its called the lone ranger for a reason not tonto the movie. assholes
JackBauer - 8/15/2011, 12:26 PM
@Shaman - That's exactly what it would have been - "Tonto and the Lone Ranger". I am so glad this got shut down. Especially now that it appears werewolves would have been involved. WTF?!?
SigmaCenturion - 8/15/2011, 12:28 PM
@jackbauer yeah i dont understand the werewolf angle it would have completely been a different movie than the original lone ranger. im 22 and i think its a stupid idea.
Shaman - 8/15/2011, 12:29 PM
JackBauer- Yeah, making it ride Twilight's coat tails would've been bad enough to tell you the truth! A Tonto focussed film is just so uninspiring. He needs his own movie as much as Jimmy Olsen, which is to say... NOT.
StrangerX - 8/15/2011, 12:33 PM
I kinda have the feeling it would be more like Tonto narrating the story of the Lone Ranger who believes he can solve the case of the werewolves by himself, but in the end needing. The story seemed kinda cool like Van Hellsing mixed with Zorro, but I just wasn't sold on Depp.
RobinNumbah6 - 8/15/2011, 12:37 PM
so they start stealing ideas from twilight..
redsoxdude - 8/15/2011, 12:37 PM
Well i am super confused now and my head hurts. Werewolfs? Tonto the main, and The Lone Ranger his sidekick? I need asprin. I think this being shutdown was the best decision.
plasticman - 8/15/2011, 12:37 PM
If this is legit then by all means it deserved to be tanked instead of taking a classic piece of Americana that is near in dear to a lot of fans hears and completely trashing it.

We have seen actors, producers and directors trash nostaligia with the likes of Green Hornet, Dukes of Hazzard, and the A-Team and now it seems Bruckheimer and Depp wanted to do the same with the Lone Ranger.

The story of the Lone Ranger follows the last surviving Texas Ranger following a bloody massacre that left the Lone Ranger on the verge of death. Tonto came along and nursed him back to health and aiding in the vengence of the wrongdoing acted on his fellow Texas lawmen.

This story has nothing to do with werewolves, aliens or any other macabre creature but with the coming together of two races to right the wrongs of genuine human evils.
Aquabruter - 8/15/2011, 12:38 PM
I thought that, when they relaunched the comic line, putting Tonto as more of a wizened teacher to the spoiled-at-the-time rich kid who becomes the Lone Ranger was an awesome idea.

But while Tonto was way more bad-ass, it was still a Lone Ranger-centric story. At most, it was a story about the pair of them.

Also, I go to see the Lone Ranger fight bad guys, not werewolves. That's ridiculous. I hope this allows them to find a way that won't take away from the Lone Ranger mythos and actually bring something in the future that's true to the character.
astromerc - 8/15/2011, 12:39 PM
Awesome! Who wants to see the Lone Ranger anyway! Maybe my grand mom, "yes too old to complete the training".

plasticman - 8/15/2011, 12:41 PM
Bruckheimer has been demoted to Schumacher levels in my opinion. Likewise, Depp is hovering around the Seth Rogen/Nick Cage area right now. Chalk this up as a smart move on Disney's behalf just as Warner's thwarted Tim Burton from ruining Superman.
Shaman - 8/15/2011, 12:44 PM
plasticman- See now that little paragraph sounds oceans better than what they had in mind. How hard is it to make a goddamn Lone Ranger movie, really? Armie Hammer and Depp would have been awesome together in the right hands. Glad it tanked.
SugarYumYum - 8/15/2011, 12:53 PM

Okay, I know nothing about The Lone Ranger other than the name but I'm 100% certain there were no werewolves in his tale.

Yeah, easy to see why this was trashed now. Good move, Disney. Good move.
Lokibegoodstick - 8/15/2011, 1:02 PM
WEREWOLVES!! So that explains the silver bullets! Probable the other way around, the writers were thinking "why would he really use silver bullets....AH HA!" Oddly to me this could've been fun, but lost allot of money. Still Mr.Depp has brought the Mouse in over 3 billion in his last 3 pictures for them so lets hope the split was amiable ;]
HelaGood - 8/15/2011, 1:06 PM
OMG!!! if thats true then... FAIL!!!!!!!!!!
HelaGood - 8/15/2011, 1:06 PM
just keep it western!!! stupid werewolves...
comicb00kguy - 8/15/2011, 1:18 PM
Everything I had ever heard about this movie made it sound really bad. This really takes it all though. Werewolves? Why not some sparkly vampires too? This thing would have been one of the worst pieces of filth to ever infest a theater. Thank God someone at the top regained sobriety long enough to realize just how BAD this thing was and put a stop to it.

I hope that this is not just being stopped for a rewrite but that it is done forever. I mean like the blue-haired lawyer from the Simpsons that shows up at the end of the Poochie episode with a notarized document and says "Poochie will never return!"
MaddMonkk - 8/15/2011, 1:20 PM
Zorro's were incredible movies. Antonio Banderas and C. Zeta Jones (Wonder Woman!!!)made magic on the screen. Lone Ranger needs a good story just like Doc Savage does.
marantaz - 8/15/2011, 1:29 PM
May as well do The Lone Ranger meets Abbot and Costello vs Frankenstein, Dracula, and the WolfMan.

marvel72 - 8/15/2011, 1:36 PM
of course the werewolves didn't make the film cost $250,000,000,rise of the planet of the apes cost $94,000,000 to make.how much more would werewolves cost?i think they could of made the movie for $150,000,000.
aaronite1999 - 8/15/2011, 1:40 PM
Cut out the werewolves (or just - gasp - use guys in horror costumes), cut out Johnny Depp, and voila - smaller budget!

I was recently looking at a list of the "most expensive" superhero movies ever, and I remember the top 3 being X3, Spidey 3, and Superman Returns, so NO coincidence that they are all being rebooted. (Still keeping my fingers for an X4 and X5 though!)
BFGLOOM - 8/15/2011, 1:49 PM
Just glad Johnny MoneyBags doesn't get another 3-6 film franchise....His crappy pirates and burton films have been a stain on film making for almost 10 years now...And if thats the way Disney/Depp wanted to go, why not just name it TONTO...???
BFGLOOM - 8/15/2011, 1:49 PM
Just glad Johnny MoneyBags doesn't get another 3-6 film franchise....His crappy pirates and burton films have been a stain on film making for almost 10 years now...And if thats the way Disney/Depp wanted to go, why not just name it TONTO...???
JackBauer - 8/15/2011, 1:55 PM
I have fond memories of watching reruns of the original tv show was I was a little boy. I even had a 10" LR action figure and Silver, his horse. I am so grateful this isn't going to piss on that now.

@nailbiter111 - Another fun fact: In the original radio serials of the 30's, the Lone Ranger was the great uncle of the Green Hornet.
LLKoolJayk - 8/15/2011, 2:04 PM
Did everyone forget that the Lone Ranger Shoots Silver Bullets.
Tomontherun99 - 8/15/2011, 2:10 PM
I was looking forward to this but now... I'm kinda glad it got cancelled. I was hoping that this could have been the movie that revitalized the western after the success of Red Dead Redemption, Rango and the True Grit remake. Then maybe we could have gotten a worthy Jonah Hex movie.
headlopper - 8/15/2011, 2:32 PM
Yeah the werewolves were mild compared to other ideas being thrown at the script:
1)Lone Ranger is really a butch lesbian;only Tonto knows.
2)Tonto is really a butch lesbian and only the Lone Ranger knows.
3)Tuxedo wearing Morlocks with inferiority complexes who love opera destabilize the intercontinental railroad with their many tunnels.
4)The Lone Ranger dosen't ride 'Silver' but an anti-gravity humpback whale...with an inferiority complex.
5)The whale's really a werewolf who has evolved from a morlock because of the emotional trauma suffered as a child due the fact that it's parents were both butch lesbians...or something like that.
xBlaze96x - 8/15/2011, 2:52 PM
Yes, because they use werewolves they are totally copying Twilight, Werewolves were around way before Twilight. What is these days and everyone assuming Twilight is to blame for everything. Those movies suck anyway, Bad acting, Stupid Love Triangle, Crappy music, Stupid actors. The movies make me want to punch someone. They seemed to want to go down the Pirates road and add something crazy and mythical like the cursed gold or Davy Jones in Pirates except they went with werewolves. How about a Lone Ranger with atleast a villian as good as the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Like ummmm A western?
plasticman - 8/15/2011, 2:53 PM
If the werewolves were contrived simply on the basis that the Lone Ranger used silver bullets then that is a thin limb to connect the two that really takes away from the purpose of the bullets.

The silver bullets were a reminder of the cost of taking another man's life. But noo, they wanted to make the silver bullets stand for the wolfman. Ugh!
headlopper - 8/15/2011, 2:55 PM
@2naibiter- Frankenstien's monster who's a butch lesbian morlock with and inferiority complex who loves opera and is traumatized due the fact that his mother never breast fed him.Wait Frankenstien never had a mother...THAT's why he's raging across the old west and only the Lone Ranger and Tonto can stop him...riding an anti-gravity humpback whale of course.
TheAmarilloBlack - 8/15/2011, 2:56 PM
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So...comicbook characters can't fight "fictional" directly related to Native American mythology which one of the characters happens to be? Yeah?

So long fiction.
comicbookjerk - 8/15/2011, 3:39 PM
Im so sick of vampires and werewolves
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