Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hi Ho, Silver Screen...


Wow...

"Pirates of the Caribbean" screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are possibly being tapped to write producer Jerry Bruckheimer's take on "The Lone Ranger" for Walt Disney Pictures. Gore Verbinski may direct. Verbinski is a great director and lensing this could fill his desire to make a film far, far away from any water being as it takes place in the dessert.

Originally having began as a radio show, "The Lone Ranger" quickly moved into film and then the popular television series starring Clayton Moore. For those that have never known TLR, or are living under a rock, the story followed a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, who fights for justices, usually with the aid of his pal American Indian sidekick Tonto, while riding his trusty steed, Silver. Uhm.. Tonto's was named Scout, just so ya know...

The Mouse hopes that Elliot and Rossio will do for the Masked Man what they did for Pirate movies. The irony is the Walt Disney Company owned The Lone Ranger in the early 90's as a result of a deal with the Wrather Group that secured it the rights to the Disneyland Hotel. Somewhere along they way they sold the rights of a valuable character to Entertainment Rights PLC that they could have owned outright. Oh well, another mistake by Michael Eisner. At least they had nothing to do with the horrible WB pilot starring Chad Michael Murray a few years back.

This sounds like it could be quite fun given the proper script, actors and director. I'm causiouly looking forward to this one. Anyone like me picture a new character popping up in Frontierland a few years from now?

2 comments:

Sullys Pal said...

I love the Lone Ranger! I hope they're able to make a great film out of it. Maybe they'll subtitle it for possible future sequels?

The Lone Ranger:
The Legend begins.

hehehe

Anonymous said...

I hope they make this. I love the Lone Ranger and grew up watching the reruns on tv. I've always been a big fan of Disney's Zorro series and wondered why someone else made that into a movie instead of Disney. Here's a chance for them to make up for that mistake.