Disney had attempted to replicate the pirates of the Caribbean formula was in vain a couple of times already in 2013, with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Y the sorcerer’s apprentice both critically and commercially underperforming, but neither of those disappointments were as blatantly transparent as The Lone Ranger.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Mouse House gave director Gore Verbinski a budget of over $200 million to create an offbeat blockbuster starring Johnny Depp as an eccentric sidekick teamed up with a stoic hero, which begins the story. at odds before forming a mutual understanding when they find themselves swept up in a supernatural-tinged adventure.
Throw in producer Jerry Bruckheimer, co-writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, composer Hans Zimmer, and editor Craig Wood, and it’s clear that the studio simply decided that bringing together virtually all the key players would produce the same results, albeit with the American. West replacing Seven Seas.
Instead, The Lone Ranger It fell into infamy as one of the biggest box office bombs in history, finishing in the red for an estimated $190 million, causing much embarrassment at Disney headquarters. Yet nearly a decade later, iTunes subscribers have chosen to give the legendary flop the time of day, propelling it up the platform’s global charts according to FlixPatrol.
Admittedly, it can be enjoyed a bit, with the books’ action sequences in particular suitably astonishing, but everything else is sorely lacking. Taking the wrong tails of pirates, The Lone Ranger opted for excess every time, when the opportunity presented itself for an old-fashioned buddy adventure with serious franchise potential.