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Jerry Bruckheimer still planning 'Top Gun' sequel

No one knows the Hollywood franchise game better than Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Beverly Hills Cop, and the upcoming Lone Ranger. During his more than 35 years of making movies, most of his giant blockbusters have yielded big-budget sequels — except the one that moviegoers are perhaps the hungriest to revisit: Top Gun. After years of planning to send Tom Cruise’s rebel flyboy back into the sky were interrupted by the tragic death of director Tony Scott, who helmed the 1986 original, Bruckheimer says Top Gun 2 is still a Go.

“We still want to do it with Tom, and Paramount are still interested in making it,” Bruckheimer told an audience at Sunday’s Produced By conference. “What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It’s something he is excited about, so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made.”

If Top Gun 2 seems like an inevitability, Bruckheimer sounds more prudent about the Lone Ranger, the expensive Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer western that rides into theaters July 3. Clearly, it’s designed as a franchise — but then again, so was The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. “Hopefully The Lone Ranger will continue as a sequel,” Bruckheimer said. “It’s always up to the audience. If the audience likes the movie, then Disney will come to me and we’ll make another, or it will be a one-off.”

Read more:
Tony Scott’s legacy
‘The Town’ writer handed ‘Top Gun 2′ assignment
Tom Cruise in talks to bring back Maverick

'The Lone Ranger': 'Metaphorical universe' or just 'Wild Wild West' without Will Smith?

Tom Wilkinson grew up in England but, of course, like any child of the 1950s, he could see the Old West just fine thanks to the powerful and focused lens of Hollywood. The two-time Oscar nominee plays a rapacious railroad baron named Latham Cole (that’s him in the new poster above) in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, the most expensive western in history and a bold bid to revive that once-dominant screen genre. READ FULL STORY

The Lone Ranger is 'the good' -- now meet 'the bad and the ugly': Butch Cavendish

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Now that is one ugly hombre. Say howdy to the outlaw Butch Cavendish, the ruthless sidewinder who leads the Cavendish Gang in director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. That’s a face that barbed wire might improve —  in fact, this black-hat Butch is so unsavory that he could be a refugee from Verbinski’s previous project, Rango, the Oscar-winning 2010 animated film that ditched the standard “cute animal” approach and instead devoted its pixels to create some of the most butt-ugly varmints in Hollywood history.

In this just-released character poster from Disney, it’s a bit hard to tell, but that is veteran character actor William Fichtner behind that Cavendish glower. Many moviegoers will remember Fichtner as the defiant, shotgun-toting bank manager who crosses paths with the Joker in the opening sequence of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Fichtner also had memorable turns in Go, ArmageddonCrash, Heat and Black Hawk Down and played the Melrose-reviving producer Phil Yagoda on Entourage. READ FULL STORY

'Lone Ranger' costar Ruth Wilson saddles up for epic possibilities -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Will a western work? That’s the question with Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which arrives this summer as the most expensive cowboy film in history. The trio behind the film — producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp — are accustomed to genre skepticism, they heard the chorus of doubters when they salvaged the swashbuckler genre from the briny depths with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Jane Eyre (2006) star and Anna Karenina costar Ruth Wilson, who portrays Rebecca Reid in the film (as shown in the exclusive first-look poster above), says that Verbinski is a wild-card filmmaker up to the task of reviving a classic that seems dusty in all the wrong ways.

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Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' starts shooting in New Mexico

After a close call where a soaring budget nearly killed it, Johnny Depp’s $215 million update on The Lone Ranger begins shooting today in the desert of New Mexico.

If only the title character had some kind of catchphrase to mark this auspicious event!

EW spoke with Johnny Depp previously about what he had planned for the film — which features him as Tonto, taking the reins as the lead character while Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger becomes the sidekick. READ FULL STORY

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