Verbinski to Direct Depp in Bruckheimer's "Lone Ranger"

The Lone Ranger

Three years ago, it was reported that Jerry Bruckheimer wanted to gather his original Pirates of the Caribbean crew together for a new Pirates-style re-telling of The Lone Ranger. The principle players were director Gore Verbinski, writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot with Johnny Depp as Tonto. Playlist and Collider have both confirmed today that at the very least, Verbinski and Depp will reunite for Bruckheimer’s remake. The pair recently collaborated on the upcoming Rango, with Verbinski directing and Depp voicing the goggly-eyed title character.

No release date or, for that matter, shooting date has been set. Verbinski is currently producing a live-action adaptation of the video game BioShock due out early 2012 and is also collaborating with Rossio in developing a supernatural police drama for FOX entitled Magical Law.
As far as the plotline for Lone Ranger Bruckheimer stated earlier this year in an MTV interview that, "This is the origin of Lone Ranger, so you're gonna see how the Lone Ranger became the Lone Ranger."
Meanwhile, Depp is busy prepping for another feature with frequent collaborator, Tim Burton. The pair are gearing up for an April 2011 shoot on Dark Shadows, a gothic-horror tale centering on the life of, what else, a vampire and his encounters with monsters, witches, werewolves, etc.
Given Bruckheimer’s history with big budget movies, are you excited about the prospects of a Lone Ranger remake? Who do you think should play The Ranger, or as Tonto calls him, "Kemo Sabe?"


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