Jerry Bruckheimer is one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, and one of Disney’s biggest collaborators. He is the man behind the highly successful ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise, and has just offered updates on two of his upcoming projects ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’ in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Let’s check in on the ‘Pirates’ series first. Bruckheimer confirmed that the fifth film in the hugely popular series is on the way, but we may be farther away from it then originally planned. He points out that they have a script, but they think that they could do better on the sequel, and they’ve moved away from that script and will are starting over at the outline phase for the film. Hit the jump for the updates on ‘The Lone Ranger’.
While we may not see Johnny Depp setting out on the high seas with Bruckheimer again just yet, we will see them hit the old west in ‘The Lone Ranger.’ Recently, the production was plagued with problems publicly and the movie was on the verge of never seeing the light of day. The movie had to take its $275 Million budget and get it down to $215. But now that Disney, Bruckheimer, Depp, Hammer, and Verbinski have all reached agreements, Bruckheimer has come out to talk a bit about what happened. First, he talked a bit about the way the way they adjusted the budget:
We redid the production plan. We originally laid it out to avoid winter. Every single location we had, there was winter — 30s at night, 50s during the day, best-case scenario. We were jumping around. California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah. If we had a big crowd scene and then the next day we were shooting just Tonto and the Lone Ranger, we still had the crew “on” because you have them weekly. So we bunched the sequences that were big together, and for the smaller scenes [we] laid off the extras, the effects people, the makeup people. It costs an enormous amount with 150 extras on the set. It’s not the extras, it’s the people that support the extras. You’re still carrying all the wardrobe, makeup and hair people. We bunched together scenes with Tonto and the Lone Ranger, so we had a much smaller crew. We saved about $10 million just by doing that.
Very interesting. He then hinted talked about the things that were thrown out of the script, quickly saying that the rumored action sets with the train have been left in tact, just slightly trimmed down. But there was a full sequence involving a supernatural coyote attack, as well as a small animated sequence, that were taken out of the film. Lastly, he touched on the release date change, saying that he thinks it’s a much better date since they won’t be competing with ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘World War Z’ and instead is just a few weeks after the sixth ‘Fast and the Furious’ movie and a few weeks before ‘Superman’, giving it more breathing room to find it’s audience.
I’m sad to see that ‘Pirates 5 is so far away, but I’m glad they’re working on a way to make the movie better. And I’m definitely looking forward to their take on ‘The Lone Ranger’, and I’m glad to see that it wasn’t terribly changed. What do you guys think? Are you excited for both movies? Let me know in the comments below!
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