Looks like Mike Newell is becoming another of Jerry Bruckheimer’s go-to directors – the Prince Of Persia helmer is in talks to make Disney’s new take on The Lone Ranger.
Production Weekly has tweeted that the director, currently hard at work on the sandy Arabian action epic starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is seriously considering taking the job of bringing The Lone Ranger back to the screen.
The story would find the cowboy hero saving the day alongside sidekick Tonto and horse Silver.
Disney announced the reboot last year with great fanfare, but since then things have been relatively quiet.
All we know so far is that Johnny Depp is signed to play Tonto and Pirates Of The Caribbean scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are writing the script. If Newell locks in a deal, perhaps the movie will now start to gather some pace.
Newell is already attached to a film version of classic kids' tale The Box Of Delights, so it remains to be seen what might happen with that film should Disney snap him up again.
[Source: Production Weekly]
Is Newell the right man for the Ranger job?