Things have been quite on The Lone Ranger front since Disney hired Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe to work on the script in February. Johnny Depp was cast as Tonto, the Native American colleague of the Lone Ranger, back in 2008 and Pirates of The Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had already written a draft of the script.
Now Deadline reports that another Pirates of The Caribbean crew member may be getting involved, as Gore Verbinski is “getting serious” about making The Lone Ranger his next directing gig.
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 apart from producing a BioShock movie Verbinski doesn’t have anything else lined up.
No word on a possible filming start, but Johnny Depp may be re-teaming with his other director friend Tim Burton next for Dark Shadows, a gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.
Here’s the synopsis for Ted Elliott’s and Terry Rossio’s draft, which Justin Haythe may have re-written 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.