Insiders say the Johnny Depp Western, which was cut to $215 million, is well over its revised budget--in addition to possibly being weeks behind its filming schedule.
By Borys Kit
Insiders say the movie, which began shooting Feb. 28 in New Mexico, is not only running days or possibly weeks behind its 120-day shooting schedule, it's also over its revised budget. Several sources say the effects-heavy Lone Ranger is now back at its original cost of $250 million, while one source close to the production says it has surpassed that figure.
"It's up to a number they didn't want," says one insider.
Verbinski is again being asked to cut scenes--he already made such sacrifices as losing a major train sequence in the first round of trims--and rewrites are underway, according to a source. (A Disney spokesperson says the $250 million budget number is inaccurate.)
Many working with Verbinski are not surprised by cost increases. The Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker is known for budget-busting on many of his projects. Period trains are a huge element in the movie, say sources, and Verbinski opted for the production to construct its own locomotives from scratch rather than employ existing railroad vehicles. Plus, several sources say the project has experienced severe weather disruptions, including wind and dust storms that damaged the pricey set.
Glad to see they're focusing on what really matters: Tonto's emotional journey as the sidekick of a masked vigilante. Not.
For more on the subject, see Lone Ranger Movie Rides Again and Werewolves Doomed Lone Ranger.