Last week, the Disney studio has shocked cinema world by its decision to stop work on the project "Lone Ranger" of Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. However, Western could still come back to life, if the director finds a way to reduce the bloated budget. But why the film budged is 250 million dollars? The answer to this question is finally known.
In the original script of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were present supernatural wolves, coyotes and legion-eating Wendigo spirit. Then the script has changed Justin Hayes, and the great number of these expensive computer creatures vanished from the pages of "Lone Ranger".
However, according to insiders, the film has only three scenes, which are very expensive. One of them involves a train wreck, and the staff was so enormous, that would be a record for similar scenes in the movie. These scenes have to be revised in order to save the project. But on the other hand, what's the point in producing a blockbuster without vivid scenes?
Gore Verbinski has a reputation, piercing big budgets for his projects. While working on the third "Pirates" Gore regularly clashed with Bruce Hendricks, who headed the production department of Disney. As a result, budget of the film exceeds 300 million, so take the fourth part called Rob Marshall.
In the case of the "Lone Rider" Verbinski also be able to fly from the director's chair, if it curbs his appetite. According to The Hollywood Reporter, now only depend on it will the "Ranger" jump on a lighter budget. They say that the director has already reduced the figure to 242 million but he need to get about 215, and even lesser amounts. As a result, Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer refused from the part of the fee, which totaled $ 10 million.
But it seems the filmmakers are not inclined to cut the budged for further. For the studio it is a problem: in order to properly promote movie with $ 250 million in production, you need to spend at least 150-200 million on its advertising. So, to pay off, the film will need to earn at least 800 million. For original paintings, whose subject is not known abroad, and even for a Western, "The Lone Ranger" is a very risky undertaking. And even the name of Johnny Depp cannot give anything.
It is necessary to recall the recent words of Representative of Walt Disney Animation Studios Andy Hendrickson: "Well, "Alice in Wonderland" had a bad story, but there were stunning special effects, which attracted the audience." Many were shocked by these words, but not should be considered studio bosses idiots - they know what they produce and for what purpose. The viewer expects blockbuster visual feast, and the studios are spending huge money on a visual component to the detriment of the scenario.
Will Depp stay in "Ranger" if the studio dismisses Verbinski? We may recall that the actor has worked fine with Marshall in the next series of adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. Yes, and to the "Lone Ranger" Johnny was attached much sooner than Gore.
In the meantime, we can "thank" not only an appetite of Gore, but "Cowboys and Aliens." According to rumors, the project has been cost 300 million (budget plus advertising), but it is now clear that the picture of Jon Favreau does not discourage the box office. Western - a very delicate matter. Unless it is in the hands of Coen brothers and John Hillcoat. But they do without hundreds of millions!