Geek Binge: For Disney at least, the new Lone Ranger movie represents a pretty huge investment. The film’s been in development for years now, with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski at the helm from the very beginning. Disaster struck the film last year though, when budget problems caused the studio to postpone production on the Western adaptation. Yes, they postponed production on a JOHNNY DEPP movie. You know the budget was high if Disney didn’t believe that even Johnny “Money Machine” Depp could bring audiences to the theaters. But after some script changes and general snipping of the budget, the film went back into production early this year. And proceeded to balloon up BACK to its original $250 million dollar budget. Hey, Verbinski doesn’t do cheap (just look at the Pirates of the Caribbean movies). So with hundreds of millions of dollars to lose, you better bet Disney is campaigning hard for this film to succeed. They don’t need another Mars Needs Moms. No, what they need is another Pirates of the Caribbean…and Disney is hoping The Lone Ranger will fit the bill.