Friday, February 12, 2010

Bruckheimer Banks On 'Hi Yo Silver'

According to reports, writer Justin Haythe ("Revolutionary Road") is in negotiations to script producer Jerry Bruckheimer's, Walt Disney Pictures' production of "The Lone Ranger".

For "The Lone Ranger", Bruckheimer intends to "return to those thrilling days of yesteryear", by exploiting the 'western' movie genre, similar to how the life of mid-seventeenth century buccaneers were depicted in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" franchise.

"Pirates" actor Johnny Depp is also attached to the film, to play the native American character 'Tonto', a close friend of a Texas Ranger. Apparently Depp's Great-Grandmother was native American Cherokee.

Premise of the "The Lone Ranger", will set up the origins of the American Old West character, with Tonto nursing an ambushed Texas Ranger back to health, followed by the two becoming blood brothers and inseparable partners.

"The Lone Ranger", was originally a radio, then TV series, created by George W. Trendle, developed by Fran Striker, featuring a masked Texas Ranger, his horse 'Silver' and 'Indian' sidekick 'Tonto'.

Episodes usually ended with a character lamenting the fact they never found out the hero's name ("Who was that masked man?"), only to be told, "Why, that was the Lone Ranger!"

Theme music was the "cavalry charge" finale of composer Gioacchino Rossini's "William Tell Overture".

Inspiration for the name of the character was derived from "The Lone Star Ranger", a novel by western author Zane Grey.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Lone Ranger"...