Johnny Depp’s highly-anticipated movie adaptation of the TVwestern series will not make it to the big screen.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star had been slated to play Tonto opposite Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger in the Disney movie, which was scheduled for a 2012 release.
But Disney chiefs have pulled their involvement in the film following alleged disagreements with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer about the western’s budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A source tells the website, “Gore doesn’t want to budge for what he thinks a movie like this needs (and) the fact that it’s a Western is a definite concern.”
Locals in Kauai, Hawaii were handed a treat when the cast and crew of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides filmed at the fabled Coco Palms Hotel – harvested coconuts were given away.
Producers couldn’t risk any of the 773 palms dropping their fruit on the heads of stars like Johnny Depp and pregnant Penelope Cruz, so they made sure there were no nuts hanging high above cast and crew – and, to make sure the coconuts didn’t go to waste, they were given to locals.
The location was extra special for Elvis Presley fan Geoffrey Rush – the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll filmed scenes for Blue Hawaii at the hotel, which is no longer in operation.
Rush even hosted a screening of the Elvis film in his Kauai hotel room.
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An animated film has risen to the top spot at the box office and imagine this: it’s not even in 3D. As expected, Gore Verbinski’s “Rango” dominated theaters on Friday pulling in $9.5 million. Depending on Saturday’s gross, the critically acclaimed trippy Western could make anywhere from $38-42 million for the weekend. That’s significantly below the $50 million most of the industry was expecting from “Rango,” but the film’s studio, Paramount Pictures, will have to hope it duplicates the good word of mouth run “How To Train Your Dragon” had just a year ago. Debuting in second was the Matt Damon.