The stars have aligned. We can breath a sigh of relief. As /lone-ranger-moves-forward-at-disney/reported yesterday, Lone Ranger is back on track after nearly being derailed by its insane budget. Deadline is now reporting that an official start date has been locked for February 6th.

Walt Disney Pictures pulled the plug on Lone Ranger back in August after the budget swelled to over $250 million. Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski have since altered their deals for Lone Ranger, both taking a pay cut, which brings the budget down to roughly $215 million.

Johnny Depp is still attached to star as Tonto, while Armie Hammer is playing the title character, who, apparently, will be taking a back seat to his own sidekick this time around. Gore Verbinski is directing from a screenplay by Justin Haythe.

There is no word yet if the film will make its originally announced December 21, 2012 release date. That seems unlikely, but it could still happen.

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