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Disney has now announced that the project with Verbinski is moving ahead. Also announced is that Johnny Depp with play the Lone Ranger’s side kick and best friend Tonto.
Not much outside of the above information has been released except Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, The Clearing) has written the script. It is also unknown how close to the original origin the film will stick to which saw a group of rangers ambushed leaving one alive, brought back to health by the Native Americans.
Whatever happens I’m sure with a large part of the creative influence, Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney having worked on the mega blockbusters of Pirates Of The Caribbean they will produce something very similar and bring in a lot of bucks. »
- Paul Koren
Revealed nearly two months ago that talks had begun, Deadline confirms that Gore Verbinski has officially signed on to direct the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto. This project has been kicking around for a while, as it has put its various pieces into place. Last we heard, Disney hired Justin Haythe, who adapted "Revolutionary Road" for Sam Mendes and wrote the Fox come-and-gone thriller, "The Clearing" and the "Jekyll" project for Keanu Reeves, to write the screenplay. So maybe it'll be a darker take on the material with more domestic strife.… »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$30 million2Let Me In$15 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.7 million4The Town$9.6 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$9.3 million6Easy a$6.7 million7Case 39$6.3 million8You Again$4.3 million9Devil$3.2 million10Resident Evil: Afterlife$2.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
While most people were predicting that Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole would be the number one movie last weekend, they were surprised to find that "greed is still good" as Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s film Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps rose to the top of the box office with $19 million. But with three new movies entering the box office race this weekend including Oscar bait like David Fincher's The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror films Let Me In and Case 39 staring Renée Zellweger, »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$25.7 million2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$24.3 million3The Town$15.2 million4You Again$12.4 million5Easy a$11.9 million6Devil$5.8 million7Resident Evil: Afterlife$5.1 million8Alpha and Omega$4.3 million9Takers$3.6 million10The American$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
As expected last week, director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town won over audience members and critics alike with excellent reviews and a $23.8 million opening weekend total. Also, doing well in its debut last week and gaining rave reviews is the new high school comedy Easy a starring Emma Stone. But with three very strong new contenders coming to the box office race this weekend, Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s movie Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and the new romantic comedy You Again starring Kristen Bell, »
Weekend Box Office
1The Town$23.8 million2Easy a$18.2 million3Devil$12.5 million4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10.1 million5Alpha and Omega$9.2 million6Takers$3.0 million7The American$2.7 million8Inception$2.01 million9The Other Guys$2.0 million10Machete$1.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There was nothing shocking at the box office last weekend as the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated the box office as expected with $27.7 million. But the film will have a tough time repeating that success this weekend with four new films entering the box office race including director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town and the much-talked-about new high school film Easy a starring Emma Stone.
Debuting at number one this week is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in Boston stars a stellar cast of »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1The Town$21.9 million2Easy a$19.5 million3Devil$15.2 million4Resident Evil: Afterlife$12.7 million5Takers$6.1 million6Alpha and Omega$5.9 million7The American$3.3 million8Machete$2.5 million9Going the Distance$2.4 million10The Other Guys$2.2 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There were no real surprises at the box office last weekend as the only major new release, the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated with $27.7 million. It will have a hard time repeating that success this weekend, despite some of the best reviews in the franchise's history, with four new films including director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town and the much-talked-about high school film Easy a entering the competition.
Predicted to debut at number one is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz, called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in »
Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival has hooked up scores of eager young directors with theatrical distributors.
Now Redford has succeeded at the same independent game he helped establish with Sundance: He came to the Toronto International Film Festival with a drama made outside of Hollywood and went away with a deal to land it in theaters.
Acquired Wednesday by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, Redford's Lincoln assassination saga The Conspirator arguably was the biggest film to enter the prestigious Toronto festival without a distributor already in place.
Redford had been to the Toronto festival before with a film he directed, 1992's A River Runs Through It. People had asked him about the possibility of premiering The Conspirator at Sundance in January, but he never considered it, recalling the mixed feelings he had when his own festival premiered a film in which he starred, The Clearing, in 2004.
"I was uneasy about »
- Associated Press and Cineplex Staff
Weekend Box Office
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$27.7 million2Takers$6.1 million3The American$5.8 million4Machete$4.2 million5Going the Distance$3.8 million6The Other Guys$3.6 million7The Last Exorcism$3.4 million8The Expendables$3.2 million9Inception$3.0 million10Eat, Pray, Love$2.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
Labor Day weekend presented some surprising results at the box office last week as the George Clooney thriller The American did much better than expected and beat out both newcomers Machete starring Danny Trejo and the romantic comedy Going the Distance for the number one spot on the charts. Early last weekend it looked like the heist film Takers was going to steal the number two position, but by Monday morning the Robert Rodriguez movie had cut its way to second place while the Drew Barrymore comedy barely cracked the top five. Now with the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife opening this weekend it was almost inevitable »
In September 2008, we reported that plans were underway for a new Lone Ranger movie. While that news usually might not get much attention from the regular press, curiosities were peaked when it was learned that Johnny Depp would be playing one of the lead roles.
Interestingly, Depp won't be playing the man behind the mask though, he'll be playing Tonto, the Lone Ranger's faithful companion. Depp’s grandmother was a full blooded Cherokee and he embraced his heritage in his self-directed 1997 movie The Brave.
While there's been no further casting news, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project is still alive. In fact novelist and screenwriter Justin Haythe has just been picked to write the feature. Haythe has previously written the screenplays for The Clearing and Revolutionary Road.
The last we heard about the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced big-screen version of The Lone Ranger, we learned that Prince of Persia director Mike Newell may be the one to direct it, although Bruckheimer soon admitted that Newell’s busy with Persia (although that’s already completed so Newell may now be able to come aboard this Lone Ranger).
The only real solid piece of news we’ve had about this Lone Ranger project is that Johnny Depp is going to be starring as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s sidekick (for lack of a better word). There’s been no official word on who will play the Ranger but names like George Clooney and even Nicolas Cage have been thrown around at different stages.
- Ross Miller
I don't even think this is news anyone cares about, so it's gonna be a short article. Basically a writer is looking to get hired to write The Lone Ranger.Trades more blah blah: Justin Haythe, who adapted "Revolutionary Road," is negotiating to take on the script for Disney's "The Lone Ranger." Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the project, which announced the casting of Johnny Depp as Tonto nearly a year and a half ago. Haythe's involvement is the first sign of life on the project since, which could indicate that the franchise potential of the material is a high priority for the new Disney regime. The assignment is a make-good of sorts because Haythe's previous gig at the studio, writing "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo," ended when the project was deep-sixed during the recent executive turnover. That film's producer, Sean Bailey, recently was brought in as production president at Disney. »
Justin Haythe, who wrote the Robert Redford-starrer The Clearing, adapted Revolutionary Road, and also delivered an early draft of the new, in-limbo Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie, is negotiating to pen the script for Walt Disney Pictures' The Lone Ranger, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the project, which will star Johnny Depp as Tonto. Pirates of the Caribbean scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were previously attached to write the feature, which is supposed to be directed by Mike Newell.
According to Heat Vision, Haythe's last gig at the studio, writing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, was deep-sixed during the recent executive turnover.
The Lone Ranger character originated in the 1930s radio show and has seen many screen iterations, including a 1956 Warner Bros. film, a 1981 Universal feature and a 2003 telefilm on the WB starring Chad Michael Murray. »
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