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It’s hard to feel bad for Disney. They own Marvel Studios, with “Iron Man 3” becoming one of the top grossing films of all time. They own Pixar and “Monsters University” earned more than $400 million worldwide so far. Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” earned nearly $500 million worldwide. And yet for all its success, the last two years it’s now home to two of the biggest bombs in recent memory. Last year, it was of course “John Carter”. From Pixar darling Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch, the film lost $200 million. First, the good news for Disney. “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, isn’t expected to lose that much. The bad news? It could cost the studio $150 million if current box office projections hold. Makes you wonder if Disney will sever ties with Jerry Bruckheimer. He did bring the studio “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but also “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”.

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Two big movies are hitting theaters tomorrow. One a sure-fire family hit, the other a big budget western blockbuster. How well will they do?

“Monsters University” may have taken the top spot the past two weekends, but this is the first summer in a long while that another studio is going to smash them for the top spot in terms of animated films. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” sees Steve Carell return to voice Gru and the minions are back in full force. The first film earned more than $250 million. And with no major animated films coming out (sorry “Turbo) this is going to at least exceed that by a little bit. Expect a monstrous first week.

Opening week: $110-120 million.

Armie Hamer and Johnny Depp star in “The Lone Ranger”, the big budget film that reunites Depp with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski. Disney’s playing up that angle a lot, but it has a lot going against it. First, the last Western film to open over the July 4 holiday? “Wild Wild West”. And while “True Grit” was very successful, earning $171 million domestically, that was an Oscar contender and had Jeff Bridges. The last summer Western films have been utter failures with “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Jonah Hex”. With a lot of competition for the young male crowd, this film won’t reach the heights Disney was hoping. In fact, it likely won’t earn as much as”True Grit” after it’s all said and done.

Opening week: $70-80 million

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The tragic death of director Tony Scott last year would seem to have put plans for a “Top Gun” sequel on hold. But that’s not the case according to Jerry Bruckheimer (“Pirates of the Caribbean”).

“For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it,” Bruckheimer told Deadline.

Bruckheimer also said Tom Cruise is still passionate about a “Top Gun 2”. Are you?

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Make that directors. “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” will see Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”) direct the next installment in the popular franchise. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” didn’t do too well domestically but was a big international hit with Johnny Depp returning as Jack Sparrow. That film also starred Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Sam Claflin and earned more than $1 billion worldwide. Disney isn’t going to let this franchise die, so I guess get ready for more high seas adventures. Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) directed that one. 

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com. 

Here’s the newest trailer for “The Lone Ranger”!

From Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), the film stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson and more. \

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Johnny Depp joins ambitious new film

Thank goodness Johnny Depp is putting Captain Jack on hold. Despite talk that he would return to “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Depp has joined the film “Transcendence”. Wally Pfister, who has served as Christopher Nolan’s long time collaborator, will make his directorial debut. According to First Showing, the film will tell the story of  a husband and wife team who develop a programming code for the first self-aware computer. But when a group of anti-technology terrorists try to assassinate the husband, his wife uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Rather than going horribly wrong, the man starts to respond in computer form and connects him to the Internet to continue to explore this breakthrough. But the terrorists are still in pursuit, trying to destroy the computer.

Depp will then shoot “Black Mass”, which tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him. Barry Levinson is directing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Johnny Depp as Don Quixote?

Disney appears to be letting Johnny Depp do whatever the heck he wants, not surprising since the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies bring in big bucks for the company. Depp will be in “The Lone Ranger” with Armie Hammer. Now reports are he’s working on a modern reimagining of Don Quixote. Steve Pink, who is probably best known for directing “Hot Tub Time Machine” will helm the project.

Another interesting aspect is that at one time, Depp was said to be working with Terry Gillam in bringing his vision to the big screen for the character. Maybe we’ll see that here?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Lone Ranger” trailer

Disney has since blocked the Youtube version of this, so I am posting a link to “The Lone Ranger” trailer. You can watch it here.

The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner and more.

The trailer looks pretty decent. Actually, surprisingly good given its troubles getting the budget down among other reported issues during production.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Film Stage is reporting that Disney is prepping “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” to begin filming in Puerto Rico this November. Johnny Depp will return, but director Rob Marshall, who helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” will not. No other casting has been announced, though Terry Rossio is working on the script.

This seems a bit sudden and with no other casting announced, one has to assume Disney has a short list already in mind for the cast and director.

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Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) has joined the cast of director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller “Jack Ryan” starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner.

Jack Ryan has been in the previous films “The Hunt for Red October”, “Patriot Games”, “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears”. 

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.