THE LONE RANGER finds a scribe

Will Schiffelbein

February 16th, 2010

When you think of THE LONE RANGER what comes to mind? Probably a comic character. Odds are he has a sidekick. Really sweet mask, right? Well, it looks like the folks behind the most recent adaptation of the iconic character have been looking for a guy with a dark side. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Justin Haythe, the screenwriter behind the adaptation of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, is in negotiations to write the script for Jerry Bruckheimer's latest studio project.

Talk about a unique direction. I'd have expected a screenwriter more along the lines of Orci and Kurtzman, even if only due to Bruckheimer's involvement. Now, I'm not saying that Haythe is incapable of writing a script that will fit the tone of THE LONE RANGER. In fact, he's a relatively talented author and screenwriter-- having written an Academy Award nominated film. However, he's never written anything I've read that jives with the property.

Even his first book, The Honeymoon, has a certain melancholy tone to it. I read it several years ago, and its far from light or entertaining. The novel surrounds a young man who has lived a broken life; so broken in fact, that he is just now going on his honeymoon a year after his wedding. Even so, reading The Honeymoon is more like flipping through a comic book when compared to watching REVOLUTIONARY ROAD.

This news comes some time after hearing Johnny Depp's involvement with the project, as he is signed on to play the role of Tonto. This announcement serves to remind us all that Disney hasn't given up on the project and we're likely to see a release within the next few years.

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