Johnny Depp & Gore Verbinski Reuniting for The Lone Ranger
After collaborating on one of the biggest film franchises of the decade on Pirates of the Caribbean, director Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are already working on another collaboration. Deadline reports the duo will reunite for a big screen version of The Lone Ranger, an adaptation of the classic radio and TV program which followed a masked Texas Ranger, his Native American sidekick Tonto and their dangerous adventures in the Old West. You might be assuming that Depp would be taking the title role in this new take on the masked hero from Disney and Bruckheimer, but he'll actually be playing Tonto. Hi-ho Silver, away!
No word on who will end up playing The Lone Ranger himself, but personally I'd like to see someone like George Clooney step into the role. It's unclear how soon this project would get off the ground, especially since Depp has more than a few different projects waiting in the wings, but Verbinski still doesn't have a project to follow-up the completion of his first forthcoming animated venture Rango. Interestingly enough, The Lone Ranger shares a link The Green Hornet, another hero from radio and television getting his own big screen adaptation in January. Apparently Britt Reid (the main character from The Green Hornet) is actually the nephew of The Lone Ranger. How about them apples?
Mike Newell (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, Prince of Persia) was once set to direct this movie years ago and Clooney had actually been mentioned as a contender to play the Lone Ranger back in 2008, so this has been gestating for some time. It's always hard to get a western off the ground, but the recognizable name along with Verbinski and Depp's talents should help in marketing it to audiences. The question is whether the younger demographics will care about a classic hero like The Lone Ranger in this computer technology crazed day and age. Anyone out there interested in this Verbinski directed Lone Ranger movie?