Disney Stops Production on "The Lone Ranger"

Fans of Johnny Depp and Disney movies will have to cross one of their must-see list. Disney has stopped production of "The Lone Ranger" that was set to start filming this fall.

It appears the reason lies behind a disagreement over the budget between Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Disney is said to have had a firm budget for the western in mind while Bruckheimer had a different idea.

Another possible reason for the move to stop production might lie in concerns from Disney over the movie's genre. It would seem westerns don't fare as well in today's movie market as they have in the past.

"The Lone Ranger" isn't the first collaboration between Disney and Bruckheimer; he directed the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

Movie buzz surrounding the film dates back to 2008 when it was announced Johnny Depp would star as the Ranger's sidekick, Tonto. Last year saw Gore Verbinski came aboard as director for the film as well as Armie Hammer signed to play the Ranger himself.

What remains to be seen now is how the dispute between Disney and Bruckheimer will affect potential future projects.

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