Front Range

Small Town, Big Screen

Classic film, The Lone Ranger, is being remade in Creede.

June 2012

Hollywood is headed to the sleepy town of Creede, Colorado, to remake the Western classic The Lone Ranger. Director Gore Verbinski—whose recent work includes Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End—is at the helm, and Johnny Depp is on board to play Tonto. A publicist for Jerry Bruckheimer Films was tight-lipped, but did offer two tantalizing details: Creede—an old mining town northwest of Alamosa—was the best possible choice to film specific sequences in the movie; and about 300 crew members will work in Creede, which will almost double its population. Locals expect filming to start this month.