[Editor's Note: Larry King's one-on-one special with Johnny Depp airs October 16 at 8 p.m. ET.]
Disney halted production on their version of "The Lone Ranger" back in August, but Deadline reports that the movie is back on once again, aiming to start production in February of next year.
At the time, Disney told CNN that while they were stopping production on the project, which stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the titular cowboy, everyone involved was trying to reach an agreement on the next steps. Reports suggested that budget disagreements between Disney and "Lone Ranger's" producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski were causing the problem.
But it sounds like Depp never lost faith that the "Lone Ranger" would eventually ride into theaters.
He tells MTV, "We knew that the budget was going to be huge initially, and we also knew that it was going to be shut down for a while, and it was kind of like we patiently wait - we shave a little bit here...and they fix it."
As far as playing Tonto, Depp's said before that he hopes to reinvent the character, and it seems he intends to be a little tongue-in-cheek with his portrayal.
"I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick - which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American as a second class, third class, fourth class citizen" he says to MTV. "And I don't see Tonto that way at all. So it's an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans."
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Depp is a liberal stooge.
Ahh, we have our own drunk on here and it always comes out looking like a horse's a$$.
Hopefully, Tonto will be a realistic portrayal and spend his time trading his most valued possessions for beads and blankets while stumbling around drunk.
Screw you whitebutthole. You smell like Nig ger.
I smell like that after I shower
Johny Depp is excellent actor! One of my favorite
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Mr. Depp might want to review the Topps Comics series of the 90s and the Dynamite Comics series of recent years to see that comics writers & artists are way ahead of him in terms of wryly updating Tonto's relationship to the Lone Ranger.
Hey Jeff P. U never know there is a chance he has read those comics u mentioned and is going to use them as a reference for his character at any rate Depp can become pretty much anyone when he acts so I see this as another great outing for him and with Gore Directing? didnt he do 3 of the pirtate's movies? even better
You all realize he's of Native American descent right? And "Indian"? You're thinking the wrong ethnicity hahaha!
Johnny Depp's Tonto, yes..yes perhaps a scene riding bareback and shirtless.. in the rain. Two words: I'm coming! (to watch the movie I mean)
Everyone knows that without Tonto to translate, the Lone Ranger would have been skinned alive and staked out on an anthill.
Those nasty Indians are always taking our jobs. Immigrants from india are disgusting. It will be neat we get to take an indian job. wooo woooo wooooo.
You realize he's part Native American....right?
When else has he played a Native American???
First Leo and Armie... now Johnny and Armie?? :D
I'll probably see it. I hear way too much about Johnny Depp in the media, but he tends to get involved with good projects.
Oh look Johnny Depp's playing a Native American.
To honor real Native Americans. LOL
He is a little tiny dooooodoooohead.
hey stupid...wrong kind of Indian. If you do not know the difference then just keep your ignorant mouth shut.
I am indian. Why u say these things. I like slurpee. I conserve precious water by take doo doo in toilet and before flush I rinse of my body. You suck.
You sound like the typical ignorant grunt who molests his little sister whilst scatching your dirty poop stained undies. Someday may you get back all you have given x3 ; )
Shame on you, is this the extent of your wit? Poor knuckle dragging white trash.
Hater is right. Do not hate on me because I am the brown doo doo colored skin indian and I wipe with my left hand. Be kind and I give you Slurpee.
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