Johnny Depp is a smart guy… OR actually Robert Downey Jr is a smart guy and Johnny Depp is following his lead.
Everybody has heard the story of Downey not signing the guaranteed multiple sequels deal for his Iron Man role until after the success of the first movie happened. Depp is following the lead by not having a signed multiple sequel deal for the Lone Ranger. Unless the movie is a snoozefest, this should pay off. Depp who is playing Tonto can decide after the first movie if the film will be as big as his last big Franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”. If it is rather than taking a set salary for sequels he can instead opt out for a lower guarantee and a piece of the films back end. This is what I refer to as “the downey formula”. Its a simple formula really, You decide whether the people you do business with can be trusted to keep the quality of the film intact while they do sequels. You wait until you hear the plot line and ideas for the sequel before you sign. If the idea is one you believe in you take the back end deal. If the idea isnt that good then you take the big up front money and cash out before the sequel flops.
Johnny Depp has decided to wait to sign the sequel deal until he hears the idea for whats planned. Its a good way for those of us that view the movies to know whether we can expect a good story or the same old slop. Keep your eyes peeled to see if Depp does an upfront deal or a backend deal. That should tell us what to expect.
Heres hoping for the back end deal.
LONE RANGER OPENS THIS WEEK