‘The Lone Ranger’ Signs Director Gore Verbinski

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 7:51 am,

the lone ranger movie directed by Gore Verbinski The Lone Ranger Signs Director Gore Verbinski

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an episode of The Lone Ranger – my childhood, I believe – and I can scarcely even remember if I enjoyed it. There have been several iterations of the character, first in radio, then as film serials, then in television, and even as a two-hour TV movie on the CW – starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill).

For months, there have been rumors about Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3) directing a Lone Ranger film starring (or co-starring?) Johnny Depp as the Ranger’s “sidekick,” Tonto. Now, those rumors may have been confirmed.

Deadline is reporting that Disney and Bruckheimer have officially signed Verbinski on as director.

It’s unclear as to whether or not Johnny Depp is officially locked to play Tonto, but he did just finish voice-work for Verbinski’s first animated film, Rango, about a “goggle-eyed lizard.” Clearly, he enjoys working with Verbinski, so it’s not too much of a stretch to expect him to work with the director again on The Lone Ranger.

Will Depp join Verbinski for The Lone Ranger?

Additionally, there’s still no word on when production for the film will begin or who will play the titular masked character – names like Nicholas Cage and George Clooney have been tossed around at one point or another – though you can expect such news to come sooner rather than later. Obviously, Clooney would be a fantastic choice, but frankly, I’d say that about almost every character in every movie (with the exception of his portrayal of Batman). Then again, maybe the guy just needs a second chance? (The Dark Knight Returns, anyone?)

Previously, we reported that Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) was attached to write The Lone Ranger screenplay. One wonders what sort of Ranger screenplay was penned by the author of the most depressing, dramatic screenplay of 2009 – so depressing and dramatic that it killed at least one marriage, and possibly millions of unreported marriages, too.

For those unaware, The Green Hornet is actually a Lone Ranger spin-off, hence the reason both properties have the same basic premise: Masked good guy fighting bad guys with the assistance of a minority sidekick. In fact, in the original continuity, the Green Hornet is the great-nephew of the Lone Ranger. The NOW Comics Green Hornet series even referenced this relationship with a portrait of the Lone Ranger in the Green Hornet’s home. Knowledge is power!

The Lone Ranger spin-off The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, hits theaters January 14th.

Stay tuned for more Lone Ranger news as it develops. When we know something, rest assured, so will you.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The only thing i wanna see Depp in is The Rum Diary

  2. I’m a huge Depp fan but would it be so hard to get a native american actor to play Tonto? There’s a few to choose from. I can’t remember his name but the guy who was on law and order svi for a while and then had a role in big love. He could fit this

    • In fairness, he is part Cherokee.

      • He does have that Indian look about him. But still, gimmie The Rum Diary first!

        • There was a little movie called “The Brave” about a Native American. It was written, directed, and acted by Johnny Depp. I’d like to see him in this role.

  3. Karl Urban would be awesome as The Lone Ranger.

    • here here

    • Woot perfect!

  4. Even though I’ve never seen an episode of The Lone Ranger, I love Johnny Depp as a character actor so I think he’ll do a great job. As a side note, unrelated my first comment – I gagged at the mention of Chad Michael Murray. Ick.

    • Re: Chad Michael Murray

      I think that’s a good thing!

  5. Ben…

    You mentioned all of the Ranger’s iterations…except one. There actually was a live-action theatrical release (’80s or ’90s?) that was panned by critics and did not do particularly well. I seem to remember that I enjoyed it when I was younger–even read the movie novelization.

    I would love to see another go at it…hopefully, more successful; I’ve always enjoyed the character and his stories and have fond, nostalgic memories of the Clayton Moore/Jay Silverheels series rerun on weekend mornings when I was little.

    • I saw it a couple of months ago. It stars Cliff Kingsbury(sp) as the Lone Ranger but he is voice dubbed, it also stars Christopher Lloyd as the bad guy which was cool. As a ten year old, it was epic, as a 30 year old, it was fine until he became the Lone Ranger, then it got super cheesy with the voice over narration.

      I hope this movie comes to life because the Lone Ranger is a great tale to tell (especially if you are a Texan and grew up on the lore of the Texas Rangers (police force)like I did).

  6. I think Depp can do just about anything, so I definitely see him as Tonto. Not sure who could play the Lone Ranger.

  7. depp would be good in this

  8. C

  9. clive owen as the lone ranger

  10. The approach they decide to take to the story of the Ranger will make a great difference in which actor to play the part… my thoughts are Karl Urban or Taylor Lautner … its all relative to how Disney wishes the Ranger to evolve really… I see Tonto as a very specific role for Depp to use as a way to explore the ‘Americana’ facit of character development beyond the 21 Jump Street Teen Idol role really.