By Tanner Stransky
Updated May 01, 2009 at 06:03 PM EDT

Director Mike Newell “is in talks” to helm the reboot of The Lone Ranger, according to industry newspaper Production Weekly‘s Twitter feed. Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp is already slated to star as sidekick Tonto in the long-dormant cowboy adventure franchise and it’s rumored that George Clooney will play the Lone Ranger himself, according to a BBC News report.