'Lone Ranger' director: Making a blockbuster ain't easy

Director Gore Verbinski, right, with "The Lone Ranger" star Johnny Depp at CinemaCon on April 17, 2013.

Story highlights

  • Director Gore Verbinski says audience expectations are high for a summer blockbuster
  • The demands for a movie as big as "The Lone Ranger" are even greater
  • Between the weather and creating the sets, the production was grueling
  • Producer Jerry Bruckheimer: "[Verbinski] makes big movies and that's what audiences love"
As the director of "Pirates of the Caribbean" Nos. 1, 2 and 3, filmmaker Gore Verbinski is intimately familiar with the massive needs of a potential summer blockbuster.
The explosions have to be bigger; the scenes more captivating; the action sequences more believable and awe-inspiring.
"I think every director who's making a big movie this summer has gone through the same thing," Verbinski told CNN's Nischelle Turner. "That's what audiences expect, and you've gotta be really entertaining. It's competition."
On July 3, Verbinski will enter the summer box office race not with pirates, but cowboys. With Jerry Bruckheimer producing (as he's done with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, among several other top Hollywood titles), Verbinski has enlisted Armie Hammer and "Pirates" star Johnny Depp to help him reinvent and tell the origin story of the masked seeker of justice.
"The Lone Ranger," which just released its fourth trailer on Wednesday, was shot over five months across Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and California. It was a strenuous, stressful und