Somewhere, one eyeliner-stained tear is running down Johnny Depp‘s face. Reportedly Disney has shut down its upcoming action film The Lone Ranger, starring The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer as the masked defender, and Johnny as his Native American sidekick Tonto. As of right now the film’s production has been stopped, which suggests that the film may be abandoned or potentially sold to a different studio. No word on the reasons behind the move, though you have to think the fedora budget for Depp’s character alone would have potentially bankrupted the company.
Sadly, the news of the stoppage comes soon after reports that the Lone Ranger film would actually have been extremely awesome, rather than the dry, alien-free Western we had believed it to be. “It’s an effects-heavy CG thing due to being a kind of an Indian-spirituality werewolf movie — a.k.a., The Lone Ranger Meets the Wolfman,” Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere reports, indicating the film “was going to be at least partly about some kind of Native American wolfbeast tearing victims apart and leaving a bloody mess.” So what if Johnny’s fedora was just a CGI werewolved? Funding crisis solved!