Disney has released its first teaser trailer for next year's big (and we mean big) movie adaptation of the beloved old series The Lone Ranger, and for the most part it looks like a pretty straightforward summer action yarn. After all, it's directed by Gore Verbinski, who made a mint for the House of Mouse with his Pirates of the Caribbean movies, slightly wry but still family-friendly tweaks of a classic property that were, while steadily dwindling in quality from film to film, all reasonably enjoyable outings. So The Lone Ranger, would, at first glance, seem like a similar property. But there's trouble lurking around its edges.
Budget-wise, the film seems a bit of a mess. After having its budget cut to $215 million, the production ballooned back up to $250 million while experiencing delays and setbacks. These kind of budget issues aren't always a sign that a movie is bad, but all the issues do indicate that Verbinski might not be guiding the wagon train with as much navigational prowess as is required for such a massive undertaking. The production also suffered a tragic death two weeks ago, which doesn't indicate anything about the movie exactly, but does at least cast a pall that a summertime blockbuster would rather not have. So it has not been smooth sailing, excuse me, horseback riding, which could spell disaster or ultimately mean nothing at all.