Steve T Power wrote:A budget of 275 million for The Lone Ranger? Really??? A Western?
Last time I checked people were shooting westerns for under 10 million... It just doesn't make any sense.
I've got to hand it to them though - killing a Depp/Verbinski joint and letting John Carter of Mars out of the gate takes a lot of balls. I think it looks gobsmackingly astounding, but I smell another middling performer.
I can see a Verbinski/Depp Lone Ranger
going into the $100M range, just on the pay Depp, Bruckheimer and Verbinski demand alone. But $200M for a Western, that's way
too much. I don't care if it's the trifecta that made money with the Pirates
franchise, both Disney and the filmmakers should've looked at this as a double-digit movie from the get go. Frankly, I'm glad they're putting a stopper on this and retooling it for a lower budget.
Looks like Bruckheimer's ways are going the way of the dinosaur. Studios are being more cost-conscious -- movies with good scripts, sensible budgeting and smart marketing are what draw people in.
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