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Elliott And Rossio Writing Lone Ranger
Pirates pair bring TV classic to screen

28 March 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It was rumoured late last year that Jerry Bruckheimer was looking to bring The Lone Ranger to the big screen, and now it's been confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio will script a new adventure for the masked hero for the über-producer.

For those not familiar with the Lone Ranger, who was first heard on a 1930s radio show before a hit television series in the '40s, he was part of a band of Texas Rangers lead by his brother Reid. While hunting down the dastardly Butch Cavendish, leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang, the Rangers were ambushed and left for dead. One of their number, our hero, was found alive by a Native American named Tonto. From there, he went on to avenge his slain friends and fight crime with the aid of Tonto, his horse Silver (of "Hi-ho..." fame) and a jaunty hat.

There's plenty of scope for this to be a fun throwback adventure in a very similar style to the first Pirates of the Caribbean or Mask of Zorro, so Elliott and Rossio, who've written some cracking comedy scripts, would seem ideal choices. We'd imagine Bruckheimer will be looking to turn this into a franchise.

As for who should play the Ranger; well, Disney will probably want to cast younger, but we reckon Nathan Fillion has got the right mix of heroism and tongue-in-cheek charm to carry this off. Do we suggest Fillion for almost every role going? Yes, what's your point?

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ohgodohgoddohgod, please let fillion get it, he was fantastic in, everything really i guess. More

Posted by drake22 at 18:40 on 29 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: woot
Fillion is only a year older than Affleck. Robert Downey Jr is starring as Iron Man in his 40's, that's hoping to become a franchise. Johnny Depp was older than Fillion when he starred as Captain Jack Sparrow. So I don't think the too old thing is an issue. I don't think any studio heads will have the good sense to see that he would be perfect for the role.  Malcolm Reynolds covered all the emotional range the Lone Ranger could require and the off beat blockbuster humour these writers brin More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 18:14 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

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if they could get Nathan Fillion as the ranger he would be in my mind perfect casting just look at the films he's been. More

Posted by cronin at 17:50 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Jason Bateman? More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 17:25 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah Fillion for me too
It may be good so long they equallise the relationship between The Lone Ranger and Tonto as other movies and tv shows about the Lone Ranger (in the 50's and 70's) I've seen on the telly, was that it was slightly racist on Tonto being very patronised and second class to the perfect white, all american hero. More

Posted by Taz69 at 16:19 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lone Ranger
Hey the first Zorro was great. More

Posted by Timon at 15:01 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Lone Ranger
L: stevie 1 I reckon this could have Will Smith all over it? sp; WHich reminds one of the hope this doesn't go Wild Wild West on us. Or Zorro to be honest. Sense of fun of first Pirates would be great though. More

Posted by elab49 at 14:59 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Is Fillion too old though?
Surely Mr Affleck is older than good old Nathan? I have no proof of this but I'm sure a jaunt to imdb can confirm either way. Fillion would get my vote but like Olly, I put him forward for most things. Nathan Fillion for Shaft! More

Posted by Timon at 14:42 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Is Fillion too old though?
L: britesparc Not to be mean to the guy, coz he is an ICON who can do NO WRONG, I just wonder if they do need to go ever so slightly younger - say, late 20s/early 30s. Not sure who would fit the bill, though - I'm tempted to suggest Ben Affleck, but not sure if he's quite charming enough. hy would you say these things? Fillion is ageless. He can also play women. And animals. And clouds. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 14:31 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Is Fillion too old though?
Not to be mean to the guy, coz he is an ICON who can do NO WRONG, I just wonder if they do need to go ever so slightly younger - say, late 20s/early 30s. Not sure who would fit the bill, though - I'm tempted to suggest Ben Affleck, but not sure if he's quite charming enough. More

Posted by britesparc at 14:00 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

FLASHMAN
It's hard enough to re-invent pirate movies based on a Disney ride, let alone attempt to re-invent just about the worst adventure film ever made; The Lone Ranger (1980) starred a magnificently-dubbed , instantly forgotten lump of balsa wood called something like Clinton Spilsbury. The most famous review inverted the tag line on the poster; "FINALLY; A FILM WHERE YOU CHEER THE VILLAIN, AND BOO THE HERO". They should leave this supurating carcass well-alone................... More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 10:25 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Whooooo!
Got to be Fillion there is no other. More

Posted by the dude69 at 10:19 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Fillion...
Right on Olly; the man needs to be on the big screen more. Ranger would be perfect for him. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:02 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Motion for Fillion seconded.
I agree, Nathan Fillion to be Lone Ranger, Nathan Fillion to be on screen at all times!!!!! More

Posted by hannah at 09:43 on 28 March 2008 | Report This Post

Motion for Fillion seconded.
That is all. More

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I reckon this could have Will Smith all over it? More

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