Mar 28, 2008 02:07 PM EST

Walt Disney Pictures Plans For The Lone Ranger To Ride Again

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer films will be setting off in a new direction of action film... the wild west. Writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, from Pirates of the Caribbean fame, will be penning the script. Bruckheimer Films' Mike Stenson and Chad Oman are executive producing.

Although The Lone Ranger has been a long time favorite and classic character, he hasn't been lucky enough to strike box office gold in recent times. The character surfaced in the 1930's as a radio show.  Eventually it went on to tv and movie fame as well as merchandise popularity. His story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the gang and other "bad guys" to justice.

Even though many things about The Lone Ranger seem outdated, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot have experience with transforming characters or plots that may seem hokey into blockbuster material.  In addition to the "Pirates" series, they also wrote "The Mask of Zorro".
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