Back in September there was speculation that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinki would reunite with Johnny Depp for the big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger. And after months of deliberation we’ve finally got an answer: Yes! According to Deadline, Verbinski has officially signed on the dotted line to make Ranger his next big project.

The Lone Ranger will be produced by Disney (no surprise there) but no shoot date has been set. Verbinski was waiting for a new project to sink his teeth into after wrapping his first animated feature Rango, which also stars Depp. When nothing else caught his attention he finally gave in and decided to direct The Lone Ranger.

The Lone Ranger character originated on the 1930s radio show of the same name 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. In this recreation, Depp is slated to play the title character’s sidekick Tonto. We’re not sure who’ll actually play the headlining cowboy. Who’s talented enough to overshadow Depp on screen?

What do you think of Verbinski and Depp teaming up for The Lone Ranger?