All right, FINALLY, something to talk about today. Disney has officially announced that Pirates of the Carribean 1-3 director Gore Verbinski will helm The Lone Ranger, which will feature his Pirates megastar Johnny Depp as Tonto. The screenplay is by Justin Haythe, writer of Revoutionary Road, and the film will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. There is no word on who might be playing the title role yet, though George Clooney has expressed some interest in the past.
First off, let me just say that the 1981 version, The Legend of the Lone Ranger was one of my favorite movies growing up. It was widely panned and completely bombed at the box office, but that meant squat to me at age 7. I was simply in awe of the dramatic cinematography, the blazing gun battles, Christopher Lloyd hamming it up as the dastardly Butch Cavendish, and of course, the masked mystery of the Lone Ranger himself.
The Lone Ranger is one of the all-time great characters in American folklore, and he deserves a return to prominence and popularity. Landing the team responsible for making pirates hip and cool again is a good start, but the key to the whole thing will be the casting of John Reid, the Lone Ranger himself. Clooney I think is a bit too old at this point, but with Depp involved as Tonto, that would be some serious star power on the screen.
So, who do you see as The Lone Ranger? Comment away!