A screenwriter has finally been hired for the big screen adaptation of the popular series, The Lone Ranger. The show ran on television from 1949 to 1957 and starred Clayton Moore as the title character. A movie version was greenlit by Disney and will have super producer Jerry Brucheimer working behind the scenes. The latest edition to the film is none other than the screenwriter behind the acclaimed 2008 drama, Revolutionary Road.

Justin Haythe is in negotiations to write the screenplay for the film, which already has Johnny Depp attached to star as Tonto. The character was The Lone Ranger’s sidekick and originally played by Jay Silverheels. Pirates of the Caribbean scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were previously tapped to write the script but are no longer on board.

The Lone Ranger character originated on the 1930s radio show and has seen many screen iterations, including a 1956 Warner Bros. film, a 1981 Universal feature and a 2003 telefilm on the WB starring Chad Michael Murray. And what’s really sad is that I remember the WB version and it was horrible! There was no point of them putting such classic material through the ringer like that.

Now that a respectable screenwriter has been hired, the development of The Lone Ranger feature seems to be taking a turn for the better. But if you have someone as awesome as Johnny Depp playing Tonto, who could play the title character?

What do you think about Haythe handling the story for The Lone Ranger? Do you think he’s a good fit?

Source: Heat Vision