FROM MTV MOVIES: Much like the unforgivable and unpredictable nature of the American Old West, the plight of Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski’s big-screen adaptation of “The Lone Ranger” has been quite a bumpy ride.
The film got the green light earlier this year, with Depp settled into the role of Tonto and Armie Hammer selected to play the Ranger. Then in August, Disney put a halt on the production with claims that the budget was too big. Just this week, negotiations ended on a happy note, with the production back in full swing and a tentative start date scheduled for early next year.
MTV News caught up with Depp as he promoted “The Rum Diary,” which opens October 28, to find out why “Ranger” is so important to him and why the budget became such a big issue for the studio bigwigs.