Disney spokesman on THE LONE RANGER: “We couldn’t be happier with the work we’re seeing”

Rumors have been swirling for a couple of weeks that The Lone Ranger is over-budget and a bit behind schedule due to weather-related problems,but Dave Karger’s article in the current Entertainment Weekly (cover date June 29) called “Tentpoles in Trouble” deals mainly with “production woes” on Paramount’s World War Z zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and with an overall nervousness on the part of major studios about production costs on all their prospective blockbusters after some spectacular failures this year. Studios have pushed back the release dates of The Lone Ranger and World War Z, Karger notes, as well as “the Channing Tatum sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the Keanu Reeves samurai drama 47 Ronin, the family fantasy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and the reboot Ninja Turtles.”

Buried in the middle of Karger’s article is an official comment from a Disney spokesman about The Lone Ranger, and rather than bemoaning the budget, the spokesman focuses on the film itself: “Everything we’ve seen so far on this film is exceeding our expectations, and we couldn’t be happier with the work we’re seeing from Jerry [Bruckheimer], Gore [Verbinski], Johnny, and the entire Lone Ranger team.” Hmm. Sounds pretty positive, doesn’t it? Keep up the good work!

You can read more about The Lone Ranger on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The photo of Tonto above was taken during the filming in Colorado last week; we thank Evochka for sharing it. You can see a larger version HERE.

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