The word was that Disney was scrapping the entire project. Lone Ranger was going to become a tent pole franchise for the Mouse but budget concerns lead to it almost being dropped. Of course Johnny Depp was going to play Tonto, Gore Verbinski the director of the first three Pirates films was going to be behind the camera. Rumor was Gore wanted $250 million for the project. Disney blinked at this, as would anyone, a western costing that much seems rather odd. So the film was dead. That was until the news of its return coming up rather suddenly. Seems Disney has decided to give the film a budget of $215 million dollars. Is this what stalled everything? $15 million bucks? Either way it’s back on and I for one am excited it’s back and ready to roll.