'Lone Ranger' Budget Toppled by Werewolves!

The project's inflated $250 million budget was partially due to CGI werewolves and other mythical Native American creatures included in the script.

Disney's Lone Ranger was to feature CGI werewolves
Disney's Lone Ranger was to feature CGI werewolves
One of the big news items of last week was Disney pulling the plug on the highly-anticipated Lone Ranger. One of the reasons given for the shut down was the project's inflating budget, and now it seems we know why the budget was so big: The script included CGI werewolves and other mythical Native American creatures.

Here's what an unnamed screenwriter, who followed the project through a private writer's website, had to say about the project.

"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. But then Cowboys & Aliens came along and tanked and Disney got cold tenderfeet, spooked by the idea of a pricey mashup. If Cowboys & Aliens had made $200 million, this wouldn't be happening. A Jerry Bruckheimer-style western in the wake of Cowboys & Aliens is nothing anyone is feeling secure about at this stage. Trust me, the writers of tentpole garbage are all scared now."

You can also take a look at an excerpt from a 2009 draft of the screenplay, which was written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, that suggests the werewolves' presence.

Lone Ranger Screenplay Excerpt

Justin Haythe came on board to work on the screenplay after Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, although it is believed that werewolves were still a major factor in the story before Lone Ranger was shut down.

It still isn't clear what the future holds for Lone Ranger, which could be brought back to life at another studio, or even at Disney somewhere down the road.

The Lone Ranger was released July 3rd, 2013 and stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Bryant Prince. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski.



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  1. T.Clark

    What the hell?...

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  2. Titanictom

    WHAT THE???? DID anybody listen to the old raido show or watch the t.v. series-Why isn't the 1978 film on dvd?[LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER] came out the same year as SUPERMAN-Some of the same stunt people that worked on that later worked on RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and its sequels...that movie got OK reveiws back then!

    3 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  3. Josh

    Why couldn't they just use real wolves like in True Blood?

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Andrew Thompson

    Why Dont They Just make A good ole' western adventure with cowboys and indians a good story still sells there dont have to be werewolves what the hell were they thinking ? look at Hildalgo Great Western/Adventure movie i would let my kids watch it now that is reminsence of the old action/adventure movies of disney....come on fellas get your head out of your ass's and do these movies right DAMMIT! The first Antonio Bandaras zorro movie i thought was fantastic of course it had anthony hopkins,and the ever HOT Catherine Zeta-Jones......

    3 years agoby @andrew-thompsonFlag

  5. moviegeek

    lolll

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  6. Pjwolsker

    wow i dont even know what to say right now

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. Dan

    The Hobbit FTW December 2012.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Jimthar

    wow. everything about this movie sounds f*cking stupid. i'm glad they tanked it.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Good this would have sucked badly. The literally took the Battleship/Wild Wild West direction

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Gandoff

    Good this movie was never even made then by this report.

    3 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  11. Ghostman

    movieweb/news/pirates-of-the-carribean-gets-a-pg-13-rating@monkeyiron2-0 They have always been rated Pg-13 for "Action adventure violence, frighting images, and some language" you must have been watching the TV edited versions :P lol

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  12. m2

    "It was going to be a Tonto show mainly. Tonto as the top dog and more dominant than the Lone Ranger". Are You F****n Serious!!

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @ghostman u sure because it seems like a pg film

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  14. Ghostman

    @monkeyiron2-0 For the last time, the Pirates franchise are all PG-13 rated films, and so is Prince of Persia!!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. Monkeyiron 2.0

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    I do this because Disney are becoming sell outs like Nickledeon

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  16. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @ghostman I meant the should make it i now Pirates, Prince and Mansion are all PG movies I mean they should make pg-13 movies

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  17. bipolarmassive

    That's because Hollywood's got to cater to the f*cking Emo/Tweeny-Bopper crowds.

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  18. Ghostman

    @monkeyiron2-0 "Disney should make PG-13 movies" Dude, all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The Prince of Persia have been rated PG-13, The Haunted Mansion is not PG-13, it's PG.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. K.Guy

    Well, Gore is the fantasy kind.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Disney cant handle supernatural movies esspecially when the movie should be PG-13 (I.E. The Haunted Mansion and Prince of Persia) so Disney quit acting so f*cking dumb and make some f*cking PG-13 movies sheesh you can't always make little kiddie movies

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  22. Playhouse

    Wow. If this is true, thank Jeebus they pulled the plug on it. Werewolves in 'Lone Ranger'?!?! I can just hear the committee thinking through that one.

    3 years agoby @playhouseFlag