‘The Lone Ranger’ Snags Screenwriter

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:40 am,

The last we heard about the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced big-screen version of The Lone Ranger, we learned that Prince of Persia director Mike Newell may be the one to direct it, although Bruckheimer soon admitted that Newell’s busy with Persia (although that’s already completed so Newell may now be able to come aboard this Lone Ranger).

The only real solid piece of news we’ve had about this Lone Ranger project is that Johnny Depp is going to be starring as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s sidekick (for lack of a better word). There’s been no official word on who will play the Ranger but names like George Clooney and even Nicolas Cage have been thrown around at different stages.

Now, in the first update since Depp’s casting as Tonto, comes the news that a screenwriter has been found to write The Lone Ranger in the form of Justin Haythe. Haythe was responsible for the wonderful big-screen adaptation of Revolutionary Road starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (I personally thought DiCaprio’s performance was one of the most overlooked of last year). Haythe also wrote 2004s The Clearing and has a project called Jekyll in the works over at Universal.

Haythe is currently in negotiation to write the Lone Ranger script, and I’d like to see him get the gig not just because of his talent but also because I like him as an “out of the box” choice in writers. I expected one of the writers of the Pirates of the Caribbeans franchise to be the one to write Lone Ranger, considering that Bruckheimer also produced those (and not to mention they starred Depp).

In fact, we heard at one point that Pirates screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott were maybe going to write The Lone Ranger but that’s not the case anymore with Haythe’s attachment.

the lone ranger1 The Lone Ranger Snags Screenwriter

The Lone Ranger originated as a radio show in the 1930s and has appeared in many-a-film and TV series including a 1949 series starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, a 1956 Warner Bros. feature (again starring Moore and Silverheels) and a 2003 telefilm starring Chad Michael Murray and Nathaniel Arcand.

With Bruckheimer producing and Depp starring in one of the key roles, I have confidence this is going to be a pretty big deal and that it will draw audiences.

What do you think of Haythe writing The Lone Ranger? Who would you like to see cast as the titular character?

More on The Lone Ranger – including the all-important casting of the lead character himself – when the news comes out.

Source: THR (Heat Vision Blog)

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  1. Yippie-ki-ya
    high ho silver awayyyyyyyyyy

  2. Personally I have long thought this franchise could use Tarantino to write and direct. He and Depp would be a perfect pairing. With Bruckheimer, Taratino and Depp, this movie has a real chance of not sucking like the last two attempts to modernise The Lone Ranger. As far as the star, I think Clooney would do the best job of the two mentioned. This is not really a Cage vehicle.

  3. Johnny Depp as Tonto is a horrible HORRIBLE idea. Why not cast an authentic indian?

    This almost sounds like they are going the comedy route. Why cant they do it as a serious piece? Sort of like “Last of the Mohiccans”. Treat is as a historical narative. I hate to think that this wil be some throw away adventure film.

    The character deserves more respect than that.

  4. Nothing is really a Nicolas Cage vehicle in my mind.

  5. Haythe is not 'in talks', he is 'negotiating' which is different… In talks and in negotiations are NOT the same. You should know this.

  6. Why didn't they cast Adam Beach as “Tonto”? That would've made more sense. I don't like the idea of Clooney or Cage as “The Lone Ranger” either.

  7. While it's hard to say about the direction of the film given it's Bruckheimer produced yet possibly written by an Oscar-caliber scribe, you DO realize Depp is part Cherokee, right? Granted, it's from his great-grandmother, but it's there.

  8. So there's no “talking” involved in the negotiation process? When countries are trying to hammer out a treaty it's not called “in talks” OR “negotiation?”

    Talk about splitting hairs.

  9. The fact remains that the phrases are used differently within the industry. Never mind how they are used by media or other sites or whether it's splitting hairs, they mean different things. In talks is the first step, when actors are just talking about whether they want the role or not. Negotiations means that they actor has said yes, subject to contract, and is just working out the exact terms of the deal. If someone is in talks, they might not be the one to get/take the part; if they are in negotiations, then it's almost certain that they will end up in that role. But a good film site should know the finer points of these various terms. If you stick to the phrase used by Variety or other official trade publications, then you won't go wrong

  10. Well since you're being constructive in your criticism, I appreciate it. We get a lot of snark here.



  11. Except a vehicle that's speeding right off of a cliff

  12. I still think Depp is a strange choice for Tonto, but I'm not THAT familiar with the source material. Why did you say “sidekick (for lack of a better word)”?

    Anyway… I hope Cage doesn't get to be the Lone Ranger. It'd be weird having my favorite actor play supporting role next to my least favorite actor

  13. Casper Van Dien should be cast as THE LONE RANGER , or possibly former hockey player Tony Twist

  14. Since cross-dressing is the norm for females, why not have beautiful Catherine-Zeta-Jones as the Lone Ranger ? She would look very sexy wearing Clayton Moore's Nudie version of the Lone Ranger's cowboy costume.

  15. Casper Van Dien should be cast as THE LONE RANGER , or possibly former hockey player Tony Twist

  16. Since cross-dressing is the norm for females, why not have beautiful Catherine-Zeta-Jones as the Lone Ranger ? She would look very sexy wearing Clayton Moore's Nudie version of the Lone Ranger's cowboy costume.

  17. Robert Downey Jr. would be a great pick for the Lone Ranger. I can see the talents of Depp and Downey Jr. working well together to produce a film with low expectations to high outcomes. I also like Timothy Olyphant would fit the character well. Clooney, NO! Nicolas Cage, NO!

  18. Oh well… I am sick to death of terrible movies with weak endings or compromised outcomes as a form of waiting for the next boot to get laced

    After my last post, surely someone knew that I would end up over here with my ‘big idea’ that I am talking about since I am in no position to negotiate past a writer like Haythe… but here goes the enchilada….

    So why not take one of those new young actors who might want a tenure as the Ranger in a couple of sequels and let him be the impetuous and quick to the ‘Silver’ kinda kid who takes off to avenge his texas ranger pals as a part of folks out west who didnt know the civil war was quite over yet… and lets just say that this new kid from the Twilight series isnt a werewolf but he does have this thing about sneakin around under the full moon because he is a half breed with no real belonging here or there

    Enter Brad Custer and his Calvary who are about to embark on their biggest victory ever which somehow pisses off the older and wiser brother Mr. Tonto Depp just enough that he might not hold the little Ranger back from heading up north on his vengence race (think Last of the Mohicans fury that nearly kills the bloodline) but instead decides to join him and figure out what little brother is on to that the rest of Texas doesnt quite know about with regards to Buffalo Soldiers and tribes that are actually part white folks who get poisoned by some pelts

    Then mix in some very specific clash between Tonto Depp and General Brad Custer which illustrates the Bravado and Arrogance of Custer in sharp contrast with the quiet humility and sly dealings of Tonto to be right there to draw the line in the sand and toss it all in the Inferno of the
    Little Big Horne Massacre so that the Ranger comes in and saves someone that he can fall in love with to really top it off with a Cherry…

    The only thing left to do is carefully decorate this particular layer cake with some of the icing and garnish particularly suited to providing an excellent understanding of when the Texas Rangers were recognized by the Federal Government as Law Men and Do Good Kinda Guys no matter what their skin color or cultural heritage….

    I think this would be a great way to pay for more improvements to a national park while employing some hard working american stand ins and artists/craftspeople such as myself to bring this healthy and wholesome Disney classic vision to the screen… Saavy???? Can somebody tell the insider that the outsider would like an audience…

  19. Seriously… who wants to see an older man in those stretchy grey ski pants that the Ranger used to wear and which older male actor wants to buddie-buddie with Depp or ride his own stunts at the risk of really fracturing a hip? Viggo Mortensen you say??? ah well… he doesnt have any sequels in him for more stunt riding or possibly a syndicated series of public appearances like these young whipper snappers might….

    Let’s just let the older guys duke it out in this one like some unfulfilled post Civil War strategists and have the young guys take the cheesy role that has potential to cover a period in history that gets little play in the wild west. Why not let someone like Q’orianka Kilcher play the young love interest role and have her be a real women’s lib right-to-vote suffragist eduated Native American that Custer is trying to silence because his amorous extensions were rejected…

    At that point just throw in the name of the love interest as Victoria and have her be an independent tailor/seamstress who one day opens her own Mail Order Catalogue. I dont think many people will get the secret.

    It’s gonna get hot in those hills… hahahahhah… did I get you laughin yet… Come on and get with the program… Enjoy!