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"The Lone Ranger" Budget is Out of Control, Here's Why

Posted: June 14th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Lone Ranger" Budget is Out of Control, HereSubmit Comment
Disney has been very interested in developing "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. But the studio wasn't willing to fund a $250 million budget, especially when Westerns have been performing poorly at the box office lately.

Verbinski eliminated a huge action sequence and brought the budget down to $215 million, which Disney eventually approved. The film started shooting at the end of February and is now weeks behind and is already over its revised budget.

THR says that Verbinski once again brought the budget back to $250 million, with several sources claiming that it's actually even higher than that. Many are not surprised by the increasing costs, since the director recently opted to build an entire train from scratch rather than use an existing one. Plus the weather has damaged some of the pricey sets.

Insiders claim that Verbinski will eventually deliver a great film, which will wrap in August and released on July 3rd, 2013. Unfortunately, "The Lone Ranger" will have to gross at least $800 million just to break even.

Source: THR


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minkowski writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:03:59 PM

John Carter all over again. I mean, how the f*ck do you let a film about a guy on a horse and his f*cking injun pal exceed 250 million? Does Lone Ranger have f*cking robots or something?

Disney has some SERIOUS problems.
PhantomCloneInX writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:10:08 PM

I've never understood budget issues like this before. I understand it's a Western/fantasy action/adventure, but $250 mil....really?

Also, if the budget is $250 million, why does it need to gross $800 million to "break even"? Wouldn't it need to gross $250 million to break even?
minkowski writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:12:22 PM

^Jews don't count money like you and I, bro.
pornfly writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:18:19 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbp_JQ7RxqM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
LeeMaca writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:22:08 PM

you've got to take into account the marketing budget for the film, which could easily be 150-250 million but as stated westerns dont do that well (johnny depp or not)so this film will probably lose money and turnout to be yet another reason that disney is f*cked! There goes that avengers money......oh well
bandolero999 writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:27:43 PM

This sh*t is gonna bomb so hard.I cant wait

Wat the f*ck is an armie hammer
Ranger writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:37:23 PM

I imagine keeping all those tonto's in Lysol can't be cheap.
minkowski writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:41:08 PM

"Wat the f*ck is an arnie hammer"

Wat da maid got when she bent ova'.
OneTime writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:42:22 PM

what a waste
Ranger writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 10:54:32 PM

@mink... lol. Nice.
Phoenix Fire writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:06:01 PM

With all the crappy decisions Disney's making they might gamble away all their money before getting to "Avengers 2". Stan Lee needs to go and regulate those retarded mofo's before all the marvel films end up in limbo.
BadChadB33 writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:12:01 PM

Mink wins this thread!! lol
Kurskij writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:31:50 PM

Let's assume that the marketing budget will be $100 mil. Which is a f*cking lot.

Let's say studio gets 55% of box-office revenue (except for China with their 15-25%, who don't seem to give much f*ck about westerns anyway).

We get approx. $650 mil. this movie needs to break even. Maybe $700 mil. But $800 mil.?

Disney must've lost A LOT more than reported $200 mil. on John Carter.
BlackDynamite writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:41:19 PM

Just stick to original Pixar films that aren't sequels, with the exception of "Incredibles 2".
The Tall Man writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:55:40 PM

@ Mink...

Your first post is so spot-on.



Tanman32123 writes:
on June 13th, 2012 at 11:56:46 PM

250M That's f*cked... even johnny depp couldn't bring 800M To this garbage
Aaronupsidsium writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 12:03:39 AM

"Also, if the budget is $250 million, why does it need to gross $800 million to "break even"? Wouldn't it need to gross $250 million to break even?"

Exhibitors (ie theaters) collect half of the box office and the other half goes to Disney. So 800 mill is actually 400 M. which would be the cost when prints and advertising is added in.
kirklazerusreturns writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 12:21:18 AM

Isn't this the plot to Tropic Thunder? Over budget after 2 weeks of shooting.
Zeroguy writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 12:22:31 AM

I guess whatever load of money Avengers made, Disney will have lost it with John Carter and this film combined.
pornfly writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 12:35:32 AM

Theyr overcompensating for the gahbage writing

I wonder if Verbinski knows that the horse is not actually made of silver

Avirex writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 1:16:35 AM

Who f*cking knows how much they actually spend on these flicks. Studios will never tell the truth because the higher the expenses/losses seem the less taxes they pay at the end of the year.
W0WCraft1 writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 1:53:37 AM

Focus on the Incredibles 2, leeching c*ntbags.
Ranger writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 2:47:53 AM

Incredibles 2 would probably make more money.
Rambo writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 2:55:50 AM

that bird taking a poop on depp's head cost 20 million...
pornfly writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 3:13:34 AM

^DAASSSAGOOODWON
Džeko writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 5:07:13 AM

Maybe they have aliens in this movie and then it would be Cowboys an...oh wait that was already made.
Rambo writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 5:22:36 AM

cowboys and faggots...

ang lee will orgasm
KillerSniper45 writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 8:02:14 AM

If the budget is out of control, remove Gore Verbinski, trim down the budget and hire somebody who is competent enough to bring a great Lone Ranger movie.
shayhiri writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 9:24:52 AM

Well, that's obviously the only use of dumb-ass superhero movies: to trick stupid fat Americans out of their measly cash - which is then to be used on GOOD movies, like the Verbinski ones. :)
shayhiri writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 9:26:03 AM

Which, I must say, works well enough.

You gotta do whatcha gotta do (with stupid people).
Powdered Toast Man writes:
on June 14th, 2012 at 11:11:27 PM

how the f*ck do you spend that much money on a western?!?!?!
Detrimental writes:
on June 15th, 2012 at 5:58:57 AM

"$800 Mil"

Disney would save money by breaking contracts & flushing this where it belongs.

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