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Pirates of the Caribbean team scripting

24 October 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: EW

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Entertainment Weekly has put its ear to the ground and learned that Jerry Bruckheimer and his Pirates of the Carribean writing team of Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are working on a revamp of The Lone Ranger.

For those of you yet to experience your first grey hair, The Lone Ranger was originally a 1930s radio show, which gained popularity when it moved to TV in the '50s, about a masked man who righted injustice in Texas with the help of his racial stereotype Tonto and an albino horse called Silver. There was an attempt to bring him to the big screen in 1981, but it flopped. Also, bizarrely, a TV show was planned with Chad Michael Murray as the man behind the mask. Fortunately, that never made it to series.

Disney won't confirm that the project is being worked on, but it wouldn't be surprising at all. Bruckheimer seems to be on the hunt for a big boy's-own adventure series to fill the Pirates gap. He's already working on a version of computer game Prince of Persia, and this has a similar daft, big canvas romp quality to it. The essence of the story is slight, but there's plenty of scope for something halfway between Pirates and Zorro.

So, the question is who should be saddling up Silver? We could see Josh Duhamel. Or maybe Nathan Fillion, but we think he should play everyone.



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RE: RE:
Nathan Fillion for Tonto and Tim Olyphant for the Ranger . More

Posted by Beno at 13:28 on 25 October 2007 | Report This Post

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Weird that I should read this - I thought of a Lone Ranger-style story a couple of years ago, not aware that the origins of the character in MY version were the same as the original!   Spooky! More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:22 on 25 October 2007 | Report This Post

DON'T DO IT. More

Posted by Hughezy at 07:50 on 25 October 2007 | Report This Post

Prince of Persia? Hmm. Can't really see them making a good film from that. More

Posted by John Firth at 00:12 on 25 October 2007 | Report This Post

It's been a while since they actually wrote anything...
... if POTC 2 & 3 were anything to go by. Surely the cast made those two up as they went along? More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 20:33 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

I hear in the next update of the Star Wars Original Trilogy, when Darth Vader takes his mask off in RotJ, they're going to replace Sebastian Shaw with Nathan Fillion, at EMPIRE's request. But don't let George know I told you! More

Posted by Silvertouch at 19:43 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

For once, I have to agree with Empire (shock, horror)
Nathan Fillion is definately the man for this one. As for Tonto, no idea. Better be someone bad ass!!! More

Posted by coomi01 at 18:49 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Sounds awesome!
ruckheimer seems to be on the hunt for a big boy's-own adventure series to fill the Pirates gap. He's already working on a version of computer game Prince of Persia, and this has a similar daft, big canvas romp quality to it. The essence of the story is slight, but there's plenty of scope for something halfway between Pirates and Zorro. sounds seriously cool. I'm really looking forward to the next Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (it should be a trilogy, as far as I'm concerned), but th More

Posted by justified by grace at 18:49 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

could work!
I think it needs to a be daft, exciting throwback Western - mebbee tone down the dodgy stereotypes, but plenty of "black hat/white hat" shenanigans, horseback chasing, shoot-outs, train sequences, poker games, a big-ass bar room brawl... Don't try to make it all dark like the dreadful Pirates sequels - that sucked. Keep it light, don't turn it into a shit trilogy, keep it PG, keep it funny - that's what this needs! Everyone assumes that Hollywood movies would be better if they w More

Posted by britesparc at 17:32 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Bruce Campbell?
He certainly has the chin for it! Although yea Nathan would be my choice too More

Posted by stu1980 at 17:30 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

ok
So Nathan fillion should be cast in everything? - even the shark in jaws? :D More

Posted by BoDixen at 17:18 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

NATHAN FILLION! Simple, the dude would be fucking brilliant as the Lone Ranger. And after a carear that has been expansive but never realy going anywhere (firely/Serenity seems dead in the water, Drive was cancelled..? What thirty second into the pilot? White Noise 2 (although i liked it) did horribly at the cinema. And of course his guest star in LOST, which made me all happy and giddy inside) More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:27 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

absolutely...definitely nathan fillion... More

Posted by TufnellStHubbins at 15:34 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Is Empire on the take from Nathan Fillion? Anyway, if he doesn't get it there's always Simon Pegg... More

Posted by Eomer_King at 14:47 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

As long as it's not half way between POTC and Wild Wild West! More

Posted by steveg66 at 14:41 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Fillion would be cool but it'll probs be the usual Bruckheimer shite. My minds blanking so I can't think of anyone to star that wasn't in 3:10 to Yuma. Bale, Crowe, Foster, Mol.....hmmm.....Although Johnny Depp is a fucking genius I thought Pirates 3 was really poor. A good star evidently wasn't enough to stop it being complete crap. It'll probs be Orlando Bloom. Or maybe Vin Diesel.... More

Posted by callumcostello at 14:04 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: the lone ranger cool
They will , of course , want a new franchise here . To be honest could be a good idea , although as already said keep it simple - that was Pirates 3s problem - . Wasnt his brother his main enemy or summat ? And some connection with the "hole in the wall gang"... anyhoo they will probably re - invent it . More

Posted by Beno at 13:18 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

you know what?
no-one thought Pirates of the Carribbean would make any sense but it did (well, in a money-making context anyway) but it will need some more inspired casting to make it work. I'd go for Giovanni Ribisi as the Lone Ranger..... More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:09 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

the lone ranger cool
I think that Nathn Fillion would be brilliant for that character because of his before mentioned role as mal in firefly/serenity and him doing the voice for the superhero the vigilante in the JLU cartoon it would be interesting to see how dark it could be made. More

Posted by anakin solo at 12:29 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Yawn
yeah this isn't very excitable, but if they put as much effort into it as the did with the first pirates movie then it might be okay.  As for casting Nathan Fillion could be a good choice but would it end up just being another chance for Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds to grace our screens? More

Posted by morg1138 at 11:46 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

hmmm
yeah originality is thin on the ground at the moment, but still looks ind of interesting. didnt care for Pirates thou More

Posted by BlueDragon21120 at 11:45 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Make it fun
I have no problem with this so long as it doesn't have any pointless supernatural elements tacked onto it and its FUN!!! Basically it needs to be closer in tone to the fun, light first POTC movie than the turgid, dark, yawn inducing cack that was the third Pirates film. Oh, and no more three hour running times either please...my numb arse couldn't take it. More

Posted by Blunderbuss at 11:41 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

Yawn
How about coming up with something original eh lads ? More

Posted by barnaby jones at 11:17 on 24 October 2007 | Report This Post

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