Earlier this year Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was “getting serious” about making The Lone Ranger his next directing gig, and now according to Deadline Gore will indeed be directing the movie for Disney.
Verbinski is currently finishing off his first animated movie Rango, which stars Johnny Depp as the voice of a “chameleon with an identity crisis”. That will be released next March, and Verbinski will also be producing a BioShock movie which is still budgeting.
No word on a possible filming start or who will play the title character, but Johnny Depp will be playing his Native American companion Tonto. Depp will be re-teaming with his other director friend Tim Burton next April for Dark Shadows, so it won’t start until the actor his finished work on that.
Here’s the synopsis for the old draft written by Pirates scribes Ted Elliott’s and Terry Rossio’s draft, although new writer Justin Haythe may have re-written it or just started anew:
The Texas Rangers chase down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish, but the gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.