The Lone Ranger Ditches The Werewolves And Slashes The Budget, But Still May Not Get Made
Lone Ranger may get back in the saddle soon
Comment: The first article, only four paragraphs long, is worth reading in full. The key points:
More "original" ideas
This led me to post the following snarky comments on Facebook:
Depp and company plan to throw darts for next high-concept idea. Zombies? Aliens? Giant mechanical spiders? Why not?
They thought about including a magical ring, a school of wizards, or the Titanic--all proven marketable ideas--but couldn't see a way to make them work. "Maybe big robots that convert into mechanical horses," mused Depp. "That hasn't been done before, has it?"
I see Depp envisioning Tonto as a smart, sly, hipster Indian: "He'll be totally cool like Captain Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, and the Mad Hatter, but totally different." Then the creative team coming up with a story as an afterthought. Silver bullets? Werewolves! Too expensive? Great train robbery! Did we rule out vampires? Focus!
For more on the subject, see Werewolves Doomed Lone Ranger and Disney Shuts Down Lone Ranger.
Below: Captain Jack Tonto.