Disney's 'The Lone Ranger' rides again

"The Lone Ranger" is back in the saddle. The big-budget film starring

Johnny Depp

as Tonto and

Armie Hammer

as the title character will restart production Feb. 6, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Walt Disney Studios halted work on the modern retelling of the popular 1949 television western in August, citing budgetary concerns. The filmmakers had been asked to reduce the $250-million budget to reach the $200-million figure Disney had wanted to spend.

A spokesman for the film studio did not respond to requests for comment; however, a person familiar with the situation said the project had been revived.


-- Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times

Photo: John Hart as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto with their horses Silver and Scout. Credit: the Boyd Magers collection.