The new Lone Ranger movie is still very far off: the scheduled release is 2014. Of course, there's all kind of buzz going on because Johnny Depp has been tapped to play Tonto. For a while it was rumored that Ryan Gosling would play The Lone Ranger, but it was announced a few days ago that he's out of the project due to his schedule.
Gore Verbinski of Pirates of the Caribbean is directing the film. The fact that Disney is backing this makes me a little troubled. I'm thinking amusement park rides, video games, merchandising....but then how does a big movie get made nowadays without all that?
On a positive note, ScreenRant posted producer Jerry Bruckheimer's logo for the movie, which is pretty cool - reminiscent of the original series.
According to the Wikipedia page on the Lone Ranger , this new movie has been in development hell since 2002. It's been through several rewrites, (at least three) and early on there was even discussion to change Tonto character to a female love interest. Really?? It seems that the only constant over the past few years has been the commitment of Johnny Depp to the project.
I found it quite interesting that the Wikipedia entry, which lists at great lengths all of the television shows, films, radio programs, serials, toys, and comic books for the Lone Ranger, doesn't mention the fact that the Lone Ranger had his own pulp magazine.
The LONE RANGER pulp magazine lasted for only 8 issues, although there are 9 covers listed on the Galactic Central site - the first one being from August 1936 and is an "ash can" issue. (Can someone clue us in on the term "ash can" for pulps?). The first issue was April 1937, and it ran monthly until November of that year. The ADVENTURE HOUSE GUIDE TO PULPS shows the publisher as Trojan Publishing Corp.
Here are some of the covers.
Let's just hope that the new Lone Ranger movie goes the way of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and not the latest Sherlock Holmes movie. Or the Green Hornet movie, or the Spiderman Broadway production, or......