Disney Sets THE LONE RANGER for December 21, 2012

     June 8, 2011


If you were let down by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, you won’t have to wait too long for the re-teaming of Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski.  According to Deadline, Disney has set the adaptation of The Lone Ranger for December 21, 2012.  The film stars Depp as the Comanche indian Tonto who saves the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) after he’s left for dead in 1869 Texas.  While the Ranger may be the title character, Depp has previously indicated that the film will reinvent the role of Tonto and make him more of the main character rather than the sidekick.

The biggest competition the film will face will be the second-week release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens on December 14th.  The Lone Ranger will also have to compete with Judd Apatow’s untitled comedy, Philip Noyce’s submarine thriller Hunter Killer, and Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi.

  • chris

    guess there’s no mayan “end of days” people involved in the planning of that release date. :)

  • Dean

    That’s ridiculous. Why release it ONE week after The Hobbit? Do Disney honestly think a brand new untested franchise can beat something like The Hobbit?
    Why not just release it in summer 2013? That summer is wide open apart from iron man 3 and maybe star trek 2.

  • kure

    dont forget mother fucking superman.
    and if,ill repeat if star trek 2 gets pushed back it will be in winter 2012 too,not summer of 2013.

  • sense 11

    Who gives a flying fuck. Ill be watching the Hobbit for the second time that weekend.

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  • Dolius Smith

    Wow that’s great movie news..But i want to clear this thing right now , Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is very adventure movie than other action movies..

  • wow

    Disney must be losing their minds if they really think it’ll make a killing at the box office that week. Granted, it could just be slated for the 21st as a ballpark release date, and they could move it up to November, or move it to May/June of 2013 (which is what they should do). Since the Hobbit is going to be in 3D, and will be shot in 3d so you know it will be done right, and with the same team behind this project as the previous movies its almost already a guarantee that this and the following movie will be near-perfect, and with that being said could pull an Avatar by being the #1 movie for 5-8 weeks