Bruckheimer/Disney to make Lone Ranger movie!

I said I wouldn't believe it untill I heard it from the horse's mouth. Well, this appears to be it. This news comes from MTV News:

"Hi-Ho Silver, away!"
A modern movie hero who doesn't curse, doesn't use slang, who doesn't drink or smoke or visit saloons, who believes in God and country and a strict moral code, who only uses guns when he has to, and even then never shoots to kill? The American West is about to get a dose of reserved cowboy justice, as super producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed to MTV News that he’s developing a "Lone Ranger" series of films.
"It's being written, well it's not being written now, but it's about to be written," he said of the rumored project. "We were just working out the story before the strike and hopefully that will end soon and we can continue on."
We, in this case, means "Pirates of the Caribbean" writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. But don't think that means the titular hero will be anything like Captain Jack, cautions Bruckheimer, who revealed that the story wouldn't be an update, but instead something of an origin story. That means adhering to the strict moral code laid down by "Lone Ranger" creator Fran Striker.
"I wouldn't say it's an updating of the tale, I would say it's kind of getting back to the roots of the tale," Bruckheimer confessed. "Where it originated from — it's about Texas Rangers, so we’re going to take it to how the characters are created."
It would be a somewhat fitting next step for Bruckheimer and crew, considering that
fifteen years ago the two genres that were universally acknowledged to be dead were
pirate movies and westerns. When you've conquered one, why not go for the other?
On the future of that first lucrative franchise, meanwhile, Bruckheimer said the ime
isn't yet right to discuss "Pirates 4."
"Not yet, not yet," he said, smiling. "We're still counting the money from the last one!"


Preston movie killed

Those who were hoping to see "Preston, N.W.M.P." are out of luck. Classic Media asserted its rights to the character and basically shut the production down. This leaves us with nothing related to the Lone Ranger to look forward to during the 75th anniversary year.

Join us in Memphis

The Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Celebration will be held June 5-7, 2008, at the Memphis Film Festival. The event will take place at the Whispering Woods Hotel in Olive Branch, Miss. For more information, visit www.lonerangerfanclub.com or www.memphisfilmfest.com.


Convention update

The good news is we are still planning to have a Lone Ranger convention next year. The bad news is the date and location are changing. Keep checking www.lonerangerfanclub.com for the latest updates.

New Lone Ranger movie news

The Internet is buzzing with news about producer Jerry Bruckheimer being interested in making a new Lone Ranger movie. As of now it is just a rumor. Don't get your hopes up until you hear it from official sources.


New movie nixed

Sony Pictures has officially dumped the Lone Ranger movie project.
However, a new movie called "Preston, N.W. M.P." will feature a Lone Ranger-like character. Stay tuned for more information.


Convention update

Ta-i Kemo Sabe,
Yes, it has been a while since I've posted here. Things have been keeping me busy. One of those things is planning for the Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Celebration. By March we should be announcing a lot of information. Keep looking for details here and at www.lonerangerfanclub.com.
So far we have Fred Foy and Nathaniel Arcand tentatively scheduled. More stars will be announced as they sign on.