Lone Ranger remake announced
By STM film critic Shannon Harvey
March 31, 2008 10:00am
THE Lone Ranger rides again - but who should don his famous black mask?
Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood producer who breathed new life into pirate movies with his hugely popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is about to bring dusty old Wild West hero The Lone Ranger out of retirement for another ride on the big screen.at it again.
The Hollywood Reporter said Bruckheimer, who is responsible for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, is in final negotiations to produce a live-action big-screen adaptation for Disney.
It is believed the film will focus on the hero's origin story, where a group of Texas Rangers are ambushed and slain by outlaws. An American Indian named Tonto finds a lone survivor, and together, they make a pact to bring the gang to justice.
No cast or crew have been named as yet, but the likes of Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal and Casey Affleck are rumoured as contenders for the title role.
Writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who penned the Pirates franchise, will write the blockbuster Western.
The Lone Ranger began life as a 1930s radio show and went on with movie serials, TV shows, comic strips, books, toys, novels and more.
Despite its early popularity, recent attempts to revive the character have failed dismally. In 1981, The Legend of the Lone Ranger failed so badly that the film's star, Klinton Spilsbury, never worked in Hollywood again. And in 2003, a TV movie that served as a backdoor pilot also bit the dust.
Source: Perth Now