A major news story in the last few days has been Disney shelving production on the “Lone Ranger” film adaptation until the massive $250 million budget was brought down to a more reasonable $200 million.
Both price points seem rather exorbitant for what is essentially a western, even with Johnny Depp’s involvement as the titular character’s sidekick Tonto. Now a potential reason for the costly pricetag has emerged – werewolves.
An unnamed writer on WriterActionBBS (via Hollywood Elsewhere) says “It was always going to be a big Bruckheimer CG movie with traditional Bruckheimer elements… it was never going to be a semi-traditional western…it was never going to be Zorro. It was going to be a Tonto show mainly. Tonto as the top dog and more dominant than the Lone Ranger. Tonto and the Indian spirits like Obi Wan Kenobi and the force. The driving engine was going to be Native American occult aspects worked in with werewolves and special effects. But flavored with doses of Native American spirituality in a serious way.”
The disappointment of the big-budget “Cowboys & Aliens” has given the studio cold feet. The original 2009 script by ‘Pirates’ scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had werewolves and Justin Haythe’s re-write reportedly still included them.