Will the Lone Ranger ride again?

I was a pretty big fan of The Lone Ranger as a kid. I watched re-runs of the Clayton Moore television series all the time.

The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)

I remember being mostly disappointed with the 1981 movie version, though. Starring Klinton Spilsbury in his first and last movie, The Legend of the Lone Ranger flopped at theaters. Today, most people only remember it as the reason franchise lawyers briefly barred Clayton Moore from wearing the Lone Ranger mask at public appearances. I never even run across the movie on TV anymore.

Last week, Disney apparently shut down pre-production on a new film version (“‘Bad news, Kemosabe’: Disney pulls plug on Johnny Depp Lone Ranger pic” — Cinema Retro). The 2012 movie would have re-teamed producer Jerry Bruckheimer with actor Johnny Depp.

The pair have made billions for Disney with the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. The Lone Ranger movie would have starred Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger. I am not a huge Depp fan, but I would have been interested to see a new version of the Lone Ranger.

According to HitFix.com, there is still a chance the movie will be made, though. “Disney may just be using the media to send a message to Bruckheimer, Depp and [director Gore] Verbinski about the film’s budget […]. The message must be: cut something and perhaps the studio will reconsider. The question is just how badly does the trio want to make the movie. Do they call Disney’s bluff or just move on? The coming week should tell the tale,” writes Gregory Ellwood.