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Disney locks in Gore Verbinski for Lone Ranger

Nov. 23, 2010by: Paul Tassi

He's been swirling the project for a long while now, but Disney has finally nailed Gore Verbinski down to officially direct THE LONE RANGER.

Longtime collaborator Johnny Depp is still attached to play Tonto, but the Ranger himself is still a mystery.

Verbinski's lastest project is another Depp feature where the actor voices a lizard for RANGO, which looks suitably bizarre but fairly intriguing. It seems unlikely it'll be a blockbuster compared to the duos past work on PIRATES though.

I miss the days when Gore Verbinksi was attached to the BIOSHOCK movie which was the best hope for a good video game film we've had so far. But that project is underwater (hah), and I guess I have to hope that David O. Russell doesn't f*ck up UNCHARTED too badly. There's always Brett Ratner's GOD OF WAR though!

Extra Tidbit: I wonder how ON STRANGER TIDES will differ from the others without him at the helm.
Source: Deadline

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7:56AM on 11/24/2010
Nic Cage for the one ranger.
Both he and Depp cann play well of each other - and of course play over the top
Nic Cage for the one ranger.
Both he and Depp cann play well of each other - and of course play over the top
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11:05PM on 11/23/2010
Anyone but Seth Rogen.
Anyone but Seth Rogen.
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9:46PM on 11/23/2010
I'm ready for another awesome Western. This is exciting!
I'm ready for another awesome Western. This is exciting!
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9:34PM on 11/23/2010

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What gives you that idea. All those faults weren't really Verbinksi's fault but more the fault of the script and the same guys are writing On Stranger Tides. Also, I don't know about you but when I think of the words lean and exciting, I don't think of Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago and Nine. I'm still hopeful for the movie, but your comment doesn't really make much sense because if anything, On Stranger Tides is looking like it'll be and even an even more confused and dull flick than the sequels
What gives you that idea. All those faults weren't really Verbinksi's fault but more the fault of the script and the same guys are writing On Stranger Tides. Also, I don't know about you but when I think of the words lean and exciting, I don't think of Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago and Nine. I'm still hopeful for the movie, but your comment doesn't really make much sense because if anything, On Stranger Tides is looking like it'll be and even an even more confused and dull flick than the sequels to the original. As far as this story is concerned, I like Verbinski well enough so I'll wait and see who they get for the lead.
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8:56PM on 11/23/2010
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
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8:50PM on 11/23/2010
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
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6:36PM on 11/23/2010
He keeps popping up, but Nathan Fillion could make Lone Ranger work. Perhaps Bradley Cooper?
He keeps popping up, but Nathan Fillion could make Lone Ranger work. Perhaps Bradley Cooper?
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6:31PM on 11/23/2010
-obviously-
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6:28PM on 11/23/2010
I think Ben Affleck would make a good Lone Ranger. Regardless,I'm glad they're doing this cool project.
I think Ben Affleck would make a good Lone Ranger. Regardless,I'm glad they're doing this cool project.
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4:42PM on 11/23/2010
Verbinski is a decent director. I'm sure no one was excited to hear that they'd be making an adaptation of the pirates ride at Disneyland, and even though the film's success was like 99% Johnny Depp, Verbinki certainly shelled out a good movie. Sequels aside. I couldn't care less about a Lone Ranger movie but I'd say it's in good hands with Gore.
Verbinski is a decent director. I'm sure no one was excited to hear that they'd be making an adaptation of the pirates ride at Disneyland, and even though the film's success was like 99% Johnny Depp, Verbinki certainly shelled out a good movie. Sequels aside. I couldn't care less about a Lone Ranger movie but I'd say it's in good hands with Gore.
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4:30PM on 11/23/2010
Seriously. WHO is asking for this? Zorro was a stretch as it is. This, is so far into obscurity I'm not sure if it can be recovered. How about a fucking Howdy Doody movie while we're at it?
Seriously. WHO is asking for this? Zorro was a stretch as it is. This, is so far into obscurity I'm not sure if it can be recovered. How about a fucking Howdy Doody movie while we're at it?
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3:56PM on 11/23/2010

The Ranger Himself

I understand they'll need someone who will match Depp's star wattage, but I would suggest Justin Theroux or Jonny Lee Miller.
I understand they'll need someone who will match Depp's star wattage, but I would suggest Justin Theroux or Jonny Lee Miller.
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3:49PM on 11/23/2010

Johnny Depp as Tonto?

Jeez, couldn't find a Native American actor to handle the role? Jay Silverheels must be spinning in his grave.
Jeez, couldn't find a Native American actor to handle the role? Jay Silverheels must be spinning in his grave.
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11:32PM on 11/23/2010
Dude, Depp is part Cherokee. In Hollywood, that's about as close as it gets. It's not exactly as ridiculous as Gyllenhaal as Dastan. At least Depp has some ancestry in this area.
Dude, Depp is part Cherokee. In Hollywood, that's about as close as it gets. It's not exactly as ridiculous as Gyllenhaal as Dastan. At least Depp has some ancestry in this area.
2:47PM on 11/23/2010

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It will probably be leaner, more exciting, not out-stay its welcome and finally do justice to Johnny Depp's excellent Jack Sparrow.
It will probably be leaner, more exciting, not out-stay its welcome and finally do justice to Johnny Depp's excellent Jack Sparrow.
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