Good news for all you special effects-laden western summer blockbuster fans (and if the numbers for Cowboys & Aliens are any indication, that's three of you!): Disney's production of The Lone Ranger is back on track. The Gore Verbinski-directed production starring Johnny Depp and The Social Network's Armie Hammer (in the title role) is gearing up for a winter production. There's just a couple of catches. It's going to be made a lot cheaper, and it's going to hit theaters a lot later.
Deadline reports that after months of squabbling over budgetary matters, Verbinski & Co. have finally slashed the budget from an utterly ridiculous $275 million to a still-utterly-ridiculous-but-slightly-more-manageable $215 million. Alas, The Lone Ranger was supposed to have started filming in the fall, but will now have to begin filming later, presumably in the winter, with its December 21st, 2012 release date now less than certain. Summer 2013 then? Time will tell.
CraveOnline will be back with more Lone Ranger news now that everything's hi-yo silver, okay.