Johnny Depps Pricey Film Gets Scrapped
August 15, 2011 by Post Team
Johnny Depps Pricey Film Gets Scrapped, Hollywood are going in a way unusual savings these days, with several projects with great potential, like Guillermo del Toro “In the Mountains of Madness” and Ron Howard’s “The Dark Tower” breaking from the start of the year.
But of all the great movies in the works, bringing together producers, writers, director and star of “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, which has taken and 3 million worldwide in theaters alone, it seemed a safe bet. Yet “The Lone Ranger”, which was to star Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, to be directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Disney has been closed after concerns about the budget of the film, says it has reached a whopping, 232 million (which were cut from an original price tag of $ 250 million).
Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood the other hand, wrote the weekend that the film was “a kind of Indian spirituality werewolf movie” with extensive CGI, hence the huge budget, based on its list of the 2009 draft Ted movie ‘Pirates’ Writers Elliott and Terry Rossio.
It has been a secret that the film, as the swashbuckling franchise include supernatural elements, but we read the same project, and Wells is not quite right: there are wolves supernatural, and a legion of coyotes, but ” They are in fact werewolves. Instead, the main element of the supernatural in the script involves the Wendigo, a Native American cannibal spirit capable of possessing humans.
Therefore, the workload of the effects have been higher than the average blockbuster, of course, there would be CGI heavy elements, but probably much less than something like, for example, other tentpole next Disney’s “John Carter” and Oz “The great and powerful” and the fantastic elements, at least in the draft Elliot and Rossio (Justin Haythe has come aboard to rewrite) are not prominent mass that the film is more than a straight Western action.
So the idea that the film reached a Speedbump because it is stacked with CGI is not accurate, the reasons to be much more varied. We suspect that the film will move forward at some point Depp in a contract likely to pay or play, and Disney do not want to hit without getting something in return. You could even make your start date of October if you can trim the budget enough (although Verbinski comes the ride is more of a question mark, as Warner did with “Akira”, the study can go after a youngest filmmaker, cheaper than the film can bring a budget). But how big the budget? And why did Disney start to feel so nervous about something that only a few months ago looked like a sure-fire success?
1. That, after all, an expensive big-action movie Scope
You may not have been filled with CGI creatures, but can not be denied from a look at the draft Elliot and Rossio (who at least gives a guide to where the film was going, since most of the ads gel cast with roles in it) would have cost a fortune. Period pieces are always expensive, for example, and especially one like this, shooting in New Mexico won tax breaks Disney, but also meant I could not shoot in a studio set-jumbo, of which several are written, would to be built from scratch. As you would expect from a movie like this, there are plenty of great action scenes and September 2 on a train, including a bridge collapse and the derailment of a Comanche attack and a stampede of wild horses, in addition to the sequence of coyote / Wells wolf speaks. None of these things can be saved in a Tentpole hope.
2. Who had muscled over the line costs
Even if the film involved nothing more than Verbinski film Depp playing with a cup and ball, I probably would have cost at least 60 million and possibly more. According to Vanity Fair, and Depp made only 35 million advance for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and imagine that it is unlikely to be doing this for less. Verbinski was probably pick up a paycheck strong, like Bruckheimer and writers, which means that the film has cost the average budget of a film before anything had been shot. And in all probability had major back-end offerings also: Depp is expected that about 100 million total of the success of ‘Pirates’, which would curb the earnings of Disney severely. And all this without taking into account the cost of the media and advertising, probably at least another 100 million at the top. There is no denying Depp star appeal, but not bullet proof, witness the low internal efficiency in “The Tourist”. In short, there is a reason why many blockbusters are relatively unknowns, see photos of Marvel, or “Star Trek”.
3. The failure of the “Cowboys & Aliens”
It is no coincidence that this news came just weeks after Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” became the biggest failure of the summer season. Another 200 million and western mash-up with two big stars in the lead, you will be lucky to clear $ 100 million in the U.S., despite having a very commercial title and premise. It’s not like the West is always a home run at the box office these days: the highest grossing film in the genre is still “Dances With Wolves,” which had and 400 million worldwide for 20 years. Behind that, there are surprise success last year “True Grit,” but the film only took 30% of its total foreign territories, it has to be a concern considering that Disney ‘Pirates 4′ had 75 % of gross abroad. In addition, the somber and serious “Cowboys & Aliens”, considered by many as part of the problem appeared to be in “The Lone Ranger” heading: Haythe is best known for “Revolutionary Road”, and Depp says Jeff Wells , ready to honor his Native American heritage itself, “did not want to do any kind of performance that plays happy with the light and the Native American spoofy. There is no garbage Captain Jack this time.” People love the way Depp crazy, but this was not necessarily going to play to that audience.
4. December 2012 is Crazy Busy
Increasingly, we are finding that the first blockbuster stations are proving to be cluster fck, with summer busier than ever and 2012 shows no signs of change: even March, a few years ago, a month relatively quiet has several blockbusters in a row. Disney had created “The Lone Ranger” in a major groove of Christmas December 21, but this week will also see the release of Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” and the Brad Pitt vehicle “World War Z”, while more worryingly, the first part of “The Hobbit” that the land last week, and West of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django” released four days later. And we are confident that more will be added to the list next year. And November has tentpole hope as “Bond 23,” “Ouija,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,”. “47 Ronin” and “Gravity” Of course, throw or delay “The Lone Ranger” Disney leaves great Christmas movie, but it is entirely conceivable that they will move the already filming “Oz: the high and mighty” to From March 2013 to Christmas 2012, and it is a larger, more holidays, Accommodation. (If “The Lone Ranger” live to fight another day, then it could fall to March or the summer of 2013.)
5. Disney tentpole have Overspent In another, not necessarily paid off so far
New Disney chief Rich Ross raised some eyebrows in the beginning of last year when he announced that the company will now focus solely on the four quadrants and low-budget tentpole movies for teens, but the safe-bet budget scrapping in mid-sequels movies like “The Proposal” and “Wild Hogs” as a result. But things have not gone well so far: ‘Pirates 4′ did well, obviously, but both “Tron: Legacy” and “Cars 2″ disappointed they have, in relative terms (the latter is one of the lowest grossers Pixar), while at the other end of the scale, “Prom” struggled to make again, even scarce and budget of 8 million. And budgets continue: the budget of “John Carter” has risen to and $ 250 million and faces a March total of other effects heavy blockbusters and an uphill battle to gain an audience, whereas “Oz : big and powerful “are costing the same, and with an advantage of Tentpole tested (for” Rise of the Planet of the Apes “was not exactly sold from the back of James Franco) is still kind of risk. “The Lone Ranger” appeared to be a safer bet than anything, but if the study can pinch pennies, they will. And if “John Carter” tanks, expect “Wild Hogs 2″ to look like a much more tempting …
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