Hollywood Insider has learned that Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot are working on a draft of The Lone Ranger movie for uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Disney, Bruckheimer’s studio of choice, won’t confirm the writing assignment, but sources tell us the writing duo behind the Pirates of the Carribean franchise are trying to create a new juggernaut for Bruckheimer to exploit. Adapted from a 1930s radio show, The Lone Ranger was a live-action television show popular in the 1950s. It featured a masked Texas Ranger in the old West who relied on his Native American sidekick, Tonto. A 1981 flop film adaptation, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, failed to make a household name out of Klinton Spilsbury (pictured). More recently, The WB tried to launch a TV version of the tale, starring One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray, but it never made it to series. If this new script will ever reach the big screen is anyone’s guess, but predicting which actor will get to utter the Ranger’s popular catchphrase, “Hi-Ho Silver, Away” should lead to fun online chatter.
addCredit(“The Legend of the Lone Ranger: Everett Collection”)