Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels as The Lone Ranger and Tonto
I remember watching The Lone Ranger on TV, the classic show that was adapted from George W. Trendle’s classic old-time radio show. I still listen to the replays of the old 1930’s radio show today on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty ‘Hi-yo, Silver!’, The Lone Ranger!“
Oh yea. Those are good memories. Listening to the radio show has its own merits. If you’re a regular long time reader of Screen Rant, then you also know that there are efforts afoot to get a modern day version of The Lone Ranger on the silver screen.
In February of 2008, we told you about Jerry Bruckheimer looking to redo The Lone Ranger. Like we said then, with a Disney backed Bruckheimer behind the lens, The Lone Ranger is in for some interesting action.
We also pointed out that the effort was going to be written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who have penned a few things in the past, including Aladdin, Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Then in September of 2008, we let you know the news that Johnny Depp was coming on as Tonto.
With Depp playing Tonto, who in the heck is going to lead Depp as the main character, The Lone Ranger? Early… very early rumors put Nicolas Case in the mask. More recent rumors have George Clooney possibly playing The Lone Ranger.
Several sites said that Clooney was signed on and other sites reported it but linked to themselves rather than their sources. Eesh. In circles we all go, but then, this is why you come to Screen Rant, to get straightened out.
After the Clooney speculation floated around, Bruckheimer himself denied that Clooney had been confirmed for the role, saying that they needed to find a director first.
Now we have a director who is in contract talks to helm the project – His name is Mike Newell. Sound familiar? It might if you’re a Prince of Persia fan. Right now Newell is in the middle of directing Prince of Persia, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton, but when he’s done there, he just might head on over to helm our surviving Texas Ranger.
His past credits, if you’re wondering, include the 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and he’s worked with Johnny Depp before when he directed the 1997 film Donnie Brasco.
I know Depp has talent that comes from some untapped depth of character, but Tonto? Is there something out there he’s done that might make you think Depp can pull off a Tonto characterization? I’m sure he’ll deliver as usual. He has an expansive source of originality. But… I am not wrapping my mind around this that easily. My wife snapped at me that she can totally see him as Tonto. Anyone else want to weigh in on that?
The Lone Ranger
There have been no confirmations. In fact, there seem to have been denials of George Clooney playing the Texas Ranger. Yet, even if the denials are just SOP, I again, can’t wrap my mind around Clooney on a horse, in a mask. The last time he donned a mask, well, it probably wasn’t a great experience for him… though he did get to work with the slinky hot Uma Thurman doing Batman And Robin if that counts for anything. How about Dolph Lundgren? WAIT… don’t go to the comments section to flame me… I was just fooling with you guys. Seeing who’s really reading.
About The Story Of The Lone Ranger
It all starts with six Texas Rangers getting ambushed by a ruthless gang. Five are killed. The sixth Ranger survives, but leaves six graves so the gang that ambushed them didn’t know he survived. One of those graves holds his brother. Hence, he dons the mask so he cannot be recognized, keeping the myth of his death alive. The gang would not know he’s out there looking for them. He is driven by his vow to bring the gang that ambushed him and killers like them, all to justice.
- The masked man’s last name is Reid, (Though he originally went unnamed), and once he had a name, he was never given a first name by the original series, though later modern-day versions have.
- The original radio program ran for an amazing 2,900+ episodes.
- His mask was made from the Ranger vest of his fallen brother who was one of the other 5 Rangers.
- Silver was a white stallion that was attacked by a buffalo. Reid and Tonto found the horse and nursed it back to health. The horse stayed with him from that point on from gratitude.
- He used silver bullets because like life, silver is valuable and should not be wasted. With that, he vowed to never shoot to kill.
After All Is Said And Done
This new version of The Lone Ranger will again show us the origin of how The Lone Ranger came to be. The question will be how closely Bruckheimer sticks to the story or if he’ll really make it his own in this era of endless remakes.
I’ve been a big fan of the franchise and I am building a subtle anticipation for this project. I hope I’m not alone in that! Am I?