Strange yet undeniably cool news. The Lone Ranger – Disney's huge-budget theatrical update of the serial character who has been kicking ass across the Old West with his sidekick Tonto since 1933 – has found a composer, and it's definitely not who you'd expect. Jack White, known the world over for his musical endeavors The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather, will compose the score for Gore Verbinski's would-be blockbuster.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer – who has spent three decades pumping out cinematic product that captures the zeitgeist – has demonstrated his promotional flare by unveiling the first official image from The Lone Ranger, his new project with Gore Verbinski, the director the first three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The image introduces Armie Hammer as the titular western avenger and Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto.
After some ballyhoo last year, Disney's big budget western actioner The Lone Ranger is currently in production on location in New Mexico under the direction of Gore Verbinski. Armie Hammer is starring as the title character alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto in the Jerry Bruckheimer mega-project, but who will the heroic duo face off against? In a last-minute addition to the cast, consistently great character actor William Fichtner has been cast as the villain.
Surely you've not forgotten about the lengthy budgetary wrangling that made The Lone Ranger a big story starting back in August, when Disney decided that something like $250 million was too expensive for the western event movie. Well, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were able to bring the budget down, and The Lone Ranger is back on with a new release date, but you don't spend months on hold then jump right back to work without getting some ducks in order. Among those ducks are a bunch of actors, as apparently all the supporting players previously attached to the adventure tale are coming back to the project.
Paramount Pictures has released a slew of official images and a new clip from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which makes sense because the third sequel in the resilient franchise is set to hit theaters in less than a month. As such, you've probably started to notice billboards, posters, television spots, and the like all including espionage action and Tom Cruise swinging around on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Okay, first up is the clip, but it requires a bit of context. Last week, we posted a fresh clip that showed Jeremy Renner's Brandt getting all kinds of nervous before making a big leap. The new clip is actually the set-up for the punchline that is that previously-released clip. In this new one, Brandt and brains-of-the-operation Benji Dunn, played again by Simon Pegg, go over the plan in all its ludicrousness. Brandt is understandably concerned, and Benji's flippantly repeated response earns a solid callback in the familiar clip.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on Earth, a $1.5 billion dollar tower that stands 165 stories and 2,723 feet above the city of Dubai. It was only a matter of time before Tom Cruise went crawling and swinging around on its exterior in a Mission: Impossible movie. A new behind-the-scenes featurette on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol shows Cruise doing just that, under the director of animation-master-turned-live-action-action-director Brad Bird. It's thoroughly ridiculous – and I mean that in the most impressive way possible – to see how casually Cruise dangling and jumping in a scenario that looks pretty thoroughly terrifying to any sensible person.
Paramount Pictures has released a new official poster for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, complete with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg looking debonair with Dubai in the background, reminding us that Ethan Hunt will indeed dangle from the Burj Khalifa tower during the course of the sequel.
In August, a promotional image provided a template for what would be revealed in September as the first official poster, with both featuring Cruise glowering seriously out from beneath a hoodie. Basically, the latter was the former, but closer-up on Cruise's face and with some code-like text running throughout. Earlier this month, an IMAX-specific poster broke from the pattern by showing Cruise in one of the film's vertiginous action scenes shot in IMAX. Now, we've got Ethan back in a hood, but this time, he's got company.
Over two months, blockbuster movie fans watched, mouths agape, as a surprisingly public scuffle over the budget of Disney's The Lone Ranger brought the project to a screeching halt. This despite the involvement of Pirates of the Caribbean triumvirate Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The film, which stars Armie Hammer as the titular masked western avenger and Depp as Tonto, saw its budget balloon to reportedly over $250 million, and Disney put preproduction on hold until the number could be brought down to a still expensive $215 million. Just last week, though, Disney announced a new release date for a good-to-go The Lone Ranger, and with the ballyhooed budget fracas, Bruckheimer is speaking openly about the whole thing and the process of bringing the costs down. Read on for his thoughts on sensibly arranging the production and an update on another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
Since August, Disney's The Lone Ranger has been embroiled in a surprisingly public and seemingly endless budgetary retooling, ever since the studio put preproduction on hold due to an untenably massive budget in the neighborhood of $250 million. While it looked for some time like the virtually guaranteed blockbuster might not happen, the last several weeks saw promising reports assuring the world that the creative team, including stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were working to bring the budget down to level Disney found acceptable. Well, they're done just that, and Disney has officially announced a new May 31, 2013 release date for The Lone Ranger.
Last month, Paramount Pictures unveiled the first poster for this Winter's sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and it featured franchise star Tom Cruise simply glaring out from under a stylish hoodie with maximum intensity, implying that things might get a little rough fro IMF agent Ethan Hunt in this latest go-around. Now, a new IMAX-specific poster for the film again features Cruise looking intense, but for entirely more obvious reasons, as he's making like Spider-Man and dangling rather precariously from the side of the Burj Khalifa. At a ridiculous 2,717 feet tall, that would be the tallest building in the world, located in Dubai.