The beloved Johnny Depp, who has arguably raised Disney’s fortunes more than any other employee in the last decade, was slated to star as the Ranger’s trusty sidekick, Tonto in a $200-million dollar cinematic adventure for the modern age, but the New Mexico set has been shut down.
The House of Mouse claims the film’s costs are rising faster than the hero’s horse Silver and were climbing to the $250-million mark.
Apparently,Mickey needs his cash for cheese rather than silver bullets and oats.
Movies are a costly endeavor, no question. You’d think a flick about a 19th-century gunslinger wouldn’t be that expensive to produce, but the script obviously contained some expensive surprises. Still, when all is said and done, I have to look at this situation and say “So what?”
Does Disney actually expect anyone to believe they’re financially lacking? Mega-corporations are crying poor all too often these days and their solution is to take from the little guy and raise fees while cutting services. If companies like Disney had a healthy cash reserve and the compassion to give their upper management a pay cut (gasp!), in order to leave their workers’ jobs and wages intact, the worldwide economic situation would be a little brighter.
I think the rich live in fear of winding up like the rest of us so they’re prepared to do just about anything to keep that from happening.