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Disney shows the first footage from The Lone Ranger at Comic-Con 2012 and Quint saw it!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Wrapping up the Disney panel was a 2 ½ minute trailer/reel/fun thing for The Lone Ranger. This wasn’t announced and they didn’t even tell us what it was for, it just started rolling.

Floating over a desert we zoom into a tall mountain, through a crevasse and smack into the lightning on the road Bruckheimer Films Logo. This was about the time most of the audience was clued into what we were about to watch.

The narration went something like this: “From the time of Alexander the Great no man could travel faster than the horse who carried him. Not anymore. Imagine time and space under the mastery of man, a power that makes emperors and kings look like fools. Whoever controls this controls the future.”

Over this narration is lots of epic scale old west footage. Huge, seemingly practically built towns, hundreds of extras in period garb and, of course, a giant steam locomotive. That train is clearly what the narrator is talking about controlling and when he gets to the line “Whoever controls this controls the future” we see someone onboard the train, near the coal stacks, sticking up the conductor.

We see The Lone Ranger and Tonto on a ridge (think that first publicity still) where Johnny Depp’s Tonto is looking over at Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger. Over this comes Depp’s narration “There come a time, kemo sabe, when a good man must wear mask.”

Naturally this is where they cut to the handsome Hammer (that’s a helluva wrestler’s name, by the way) strapping on the mask to much audience cheering and some quick cuts of action… Tonto jumping onboard a moving train, holding on underneath as it rolls, disconnecting one of the box cars and, most notably, a slow motion shot of a kid leaning out the window of a passenger car throwing a single silver bullet out to The Lone Ranger.

It’s wasn’t a whole scene and doesn’t really set up the main conflict of the story (don’t know who the bad guys are and what’s really at stake besides this train line), so I’d be very surprised if Disney doesn’t release this bit very soon.

As a teaser sizzle reel it works, as a full trailer I think it’s a bit underwhelming, so I hope they have something else to release as a full-on trailer. For a sneak peak it’s a fun early look and shows that Gore Verbinski has not forgotten how to put a film’s budget up on the screen. Everything is big, big, big in this footage.

So, there you go, kemo sabe. The sneaky little fun bit of footage from The Lone Ranger!

-Eric Vespe
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  • July 12, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Your heading makes it look like a porn version of the movie

    by thelordofhell

    just sayin'

  • July 12, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I'm sure this will probably be kinda fun

    by Rupee88

    I'll check it out but probably not at the theater. Johnny Depp is always interesting at the very least.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by A_J_Pennypacker

  • July 12, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Yawn... damn, its contagious!

    by R Howell

    What a total waste of time.

  • July 12, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    when will burton reboot Batman and cast Depp as the Joker?

    by atomicstrike

    Including his maudlin ORIGIN STORY, of course. And tons of white paint.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Yawn at jaded douches

    by shane peterson

  • cant wait till they rip their new bro a new ahole

  • July 12, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    There is a very good chance...

    by conspiracy

    that this film will make the bomb of John Carter seem like nothing more than a very small firecracker. A $200-225M+ Western...about a character that hasn't been seen in decades and for whom the key film going demographic knows almost nothing Don't get me always I hope it succeeds; and though I find his schtick to be growing tiresome, I'd never underestimate the draw of Depp. But really,that is a lot of Shillings to be spending on horses and hoop skirts.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Kemo Sabe translates to "soggy weed."

    by KongMonkey

    As they say often here: Fact.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see the trailer!

    by billF

  • July 12, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    prepare for a special edition of FUDGEPACK FRIDAY

    by Robert Evans

    in honor of Comic-Con. CHOPPED

  • July 12, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    The narration sounds like George Lucas wrote it

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    “From the time of Alexander the Great no man could travel faster than the horse who carried him. Not anymore. Imagine time and space under the mastery of man, a power that makes emperors and kings look like foolish sand that is coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Whoever controls this controls the future where everything is soft and smooth. " GW

  • July 12, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by Boone

    Because pirate films were considered box office gold, and Pirates of the Caribbean was an exciting new property to work from. Big budget safe bets based on modern, "edgy" properties always make for great movies, too.

  • July 12, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    best indians were on f-troop

    by walt

    where they pretended to be savages for the brass, but all spoke like harvard grads in reality

  • Pirates only had a budget of $150M...and the only reason it didn't get shelved was because Verbinski managed to weave the Mania the Disney Faithful have for that Ride in with what is basically a crazy supernatural action film; plus... he tossed Eisners salad a little to get the green light. That film appealed to was a buffet of fun..action, Disney tie ins, pirates, the living dead, it had it all. I just think a straight Western action film might be a hard sell. Serious Westerns like True Grit, there IS an audience for that; but this is supposedly more of a young audience leaning, not too serious action Western...and look at how well Cowboys and Aliens did last year Still...I hope it turns out well...who knows, maybe there is a pent up desire to see Big Action Packed Westerns again. If nothing else the Depp Heads will make sure it opens decent enough. But $225M+? I dunno... As Goldman says...Nobody Knows Anything...guess we'll see come next July.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Awwww Quint, ya changed the headline

    by thelordofhell

    It was so much cooler as The Long Ranger :-)

  • July 12, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I hope Depp gives a nod to Gary Farmer.......

    by thelordofhell

    And say "Fucking White Man" just once in The Lone Ranger...... Dead Man was a great movie

  • July 12, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    There's pumas in those crevasses.

    by Loosejerk

    Tom and Dick...FTW!

  • July 13, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Ain't it werewolves?

    by BeeRock

    I'm pretty sure I heard that there are werewolves in this, going the Pirate of the Carribean route by adding in supernatural elements.

  • Remember how they cast that white kid in the Airbender movie, and everyone shit their pants? When does that start again?

  • Seriously who is their target market for this movie? Kids aren't going to see it, teenagers aren't going to see it, old people don't goto movies, the 20-something crowd has no interest in this, the 30-50 crowd might have a slight interest but nothing huge. I don't know why they can't see these films will fail before they pump 200+M into them. I don't think this will do as badly as John Carter in the fail department, but pretty close.

  • July 13, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by KiwiMetal

    I would say that Johnny's getting $20m to act, another $10m for some random producers credit and most likely a backend %. Gore is probably heading into double digit million dollar fees. Add in Bruckheimer and SFX and that's probably $200m gone right there. A Western should be real sets, out on real locations. $250m for a western is obscene. Sounds like this lameO sci-fi angle is where the $$$$ are going for FX.

  • July 13, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Depp needs to get back to playing a non-wacky character

    by Samuel Fulmer

    His Best perfomances recently were Public Enemies and The Rum Diary. The wacky Pirates of the Caribbean inspired non-sense roles (which was cool back in '03, but tired now) need to stop.

  • July 13, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Just. Don't. Care. In. The. Slightest.

    by Michael Morning

  • July 13, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    This sounds great except

    by iakobos

    I want to see the teaser now. This is very unfair.

  • July 13, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Armie Hammer for JL's Superman.

    by UltimaRex

    Armie Hammer for JL's Superman.

  • July 13, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    lone ranger

    by haaseline

    fyi , stop acting like Comic Con is getting this first, we all saw this at LIMA like many other "firsts" from studio's ... first to you and your audience , but not those who are part of the "making it happen" side of the business.

  • July 13, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    well....i certainly agree about wondering how

    by southafricanguy

    the hell a Western costs 250 mil....but I think all the people saying "whats its target audiemce?"...are forgetting that before POTC pirate movies were a dead genre in Hollywood....and considered the kiss of death (cutthroat island anyone?).... So despite what anyone says....we cant just count the Western as never being able to make a comeback as a sure thing....hell, lets also remember that pre LOTR...the fantasy genre was also dead on its feet....

  • July 13, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    and since it was this combination of guys...

    by southafricanguy

    Verbinski, Depp, and Bruckheimer that pulled off the impossible of making the first blockbuster pirate films in willing to give them a shot. So you can count me interested in this...if nothing else I want to know how and why a Western is costing so much....that I want to see..

  • July 13, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    but I have to say that forget Depp....the reason

    by southafricanguy

    to hold out hope for this is Verbinski.....if you saw Rango (one of the best animated films in recent years imho)...then you will know that 1)Verbinski loves the Western as a film genre...and 2) He understands it and "gets" it Thus I think he is the one person who might just have an idea/angle that could work as a way to reinvent the Western for a younger more modern audience...

  • July 13, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    and the Lone Ranger may be an old pulp serial

    by southafricanguy

    character more known to the older generation....that does nt change the fact that the Lone Ranger still remains the iconic Western pulp serial character (i stand to be corrected as I am by no means an expert on Westerns)...and I would argue that most people still know him, Tonto, "hi ho silver", kemosabe, and that music....

  • July 13, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    That's Lone RangerS, plural....

    by Darth Macchio

    How can there be more than one of you if your "lone"??!?! I seem to recall a moderately big-budget Lone Ranger movie from the 80s..late 80s or so...decent names at the time. No Tonto if I recall correctly (I guess it was more "The Lone Ranger Begins") Corrupt ranchers/miners or something...I remember them dynamiting a whole bunch of stuff, etc, etc... I'm not thinking of Young Guns either...this was something different....

  • And, oh yeah, it's the Lone Ranger movie. Seriously. Not kidding.

  • July 13, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Obviously this isn't a traditional Western

    by jim

    or even anything like the Lone Ranger we've seen before. Why does it cost so much? Like John Carter, shooting exteriors in the middle of nowhere. Combine that and the whole "master of time and space" plot device which will no doubt require copious amount of CG. And Johnny Depp's salary. The genre is irrelevant - it's Johnny Depp. Whatever it makes at the BO domestic, it will at least double that overseas. Throw in the 3D surcharge and I have no doubt it will probably make $200 million (worldwide) its first week (if not its first weekend). Remember, Pirates 4 made over a billion $ at the box office (roughly 80% being international BO). John Carter starring Johnny Depp would have been one of the biggest movies of the year.

  • July 13, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    darth macchio are right about that

    by southafricanguy

    lone ranger movie from the early 80s....but im not sure how "big budget" it was. However Tonto was most surely in it. Its called "the legend of the lone ranger"....and you can watch it on youtube..the whole movie is there...

  • July 13, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Christopher Loyd is the bad guy.....the guy that

    by southafricanguy

    kills the lone rangers brother.....its fairly decent for the time it was made, but a bit dull, and the guy playing the lone ranger has the charisma of a deflating balloon....but its worth a watch...

  • July 13, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    BigJim...i agree dude....whatever this film ends

    by southafricanguy

    up being....a traditional western is not one of them im sure...

  • July 13, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I am really curious if all the supernatural stuff

    by southafricanguy

    will still be in this film since the initial shut down to bring down the budget......will there still be werewolves/wendigo/shape shifters? It seems part of the approach was to explore American Indian mythology/mysticism.....wonder if thats still the case...

  • July 13, 2012, noon CST

    there was such a outcry about that....but

    by southafricanguy

    including those kind of supernatural elements could be the key to doing a Western in a new and interesting way.....or maybe its just me...

  • sounds like a more natural fit for a Lone Ranger movie. At least when compared to a story about some sort of time and space controlling device (is it a Cosmic Cube? Will this tie-in with Disney's most successful movie this year? Will the Lone Ranger become the original original Avenger?). But maybe I just don't understand the description. Either way I'm very curious to see more as I really enjoyed Verbinski's "Pirates" movies.

  • July 13, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Maybe Disney is making decisions based on bullet points

    by jim

    Supernatural Western = Jonah Hex = Failure on all fronts. Device enables one to control time & space = Avengers = $$$$ in the bank!

  • July 13, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The Lone JRanger Unchained

    by torpedoboy


  • July 13, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    big jim...right there with u dude...I thought

    by southafricanguy

    Verbinskis POTC films were very entertaining. Say what you want...but you saw every damn cent of those film's budgets on screen...and the production design on them was so rich and detailed. And after Rango...I think Verbinski is the perfect choice to take the most famous Western character and try to reinvent it...

  • July 13, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    supposedly the trains are a big part of why the

    by southafricanguy

    budget has ballooned.....What do you think bigjim? Do you think the American Indian mythology/supernatural stuff we heard about will still be present?

  • It seems like they would either own that shit already or could rent it from other studios - Hollywood has been doing westerns for decades

  • July 13, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    @crimsondynamo I once saw Graham Greene in Seattle.

    by v3d

    I was passing through a Nordstroms and walking towards me was a very dapper Graham Greene in what looked like avery expensive Armani suit with a very beautiful blonde on his arm. I had to do a double take. It was definitely him.

  • July 13, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Also, does Clinton Spilsbury get a cameo?

    by v3d

  • July 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Wild Wild West 2: Steam-powered Boogaloo

    by buggerbugger

    Somebody had to say it. It's a law.