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Depp "Lone Ranger" flick gets the green light

  • Blog Post by: James Lileks
  • October 13, 2011 - 12:30 PM

 

Because every movie they make has to star Johnny Depp:

 

Disney announced Thursday that it has set a release date of May 31, 2013.
The picture had originally been scheduled for a December 21, 2012 release, and for a few months, the big-budget movie's future was in question because Disney halted production over budget concerns.

Soon after Disney made the announcement that the project had been revived Thursday, producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted, "#THELONERANGER....and Tonto...will ride again. Excited for another adventure with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski. Hi-Yo Silver, Away"

TheWrap reported Tuesday that the studio hoped to begin shooting in New Mexico in February.

Anyone suspect this will be a revisionist take? The Lone Ranger will be a reluctant hero with some amusing flaws and quirks - Captain Jack Sparrow on a horse, more or less.

The original Lone Ranger had a Code, wikipedia tells us:

I believe... that to have a friend, a man must be one.

that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

that a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

that 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.

that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

that sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

They’ll probably go with the first, and leave it at that. Hey, it would be great if they went into straight-up non-ironic Heroic Mode like "Captain America," but I'm not counting on it. 

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