Mike Newell Is Not Directing The Lone Ranger Movie, But He Would "Kill" for the Opportunity
02.24.10 by BJSprecher
It's been nearly two years since it was first announced that Jerry Bruckheimer was developing an updated Lone Ranger movie for Disney. Since that announcement, it has been revealed that Johnny Depp will play the title hero's trusty partner, Tonto, and that screenwriter Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) has been hired to work on the script. However, there's still no lead actor or director attached.
Director Mike Newell (Love in the Time of Cholera) was once rumored to be helming the Ranger's updated exploits, but he recently told MTV that there is no truth to the rumor connecting him to the movie
They've never talked to me about The Lone Ranger.
That being said, Newell did admit that he would jump at the chance to direct the movie and even added a little rumor fuel of his own to The Lone Ranger fire.
The thing that interested me was those two names — George Clooney playing the Lone Ranger and Depp playing Tonto. I thought that was a piece of casting so stuffed with wonderful comic possibilities, I remember saying to my agent, "Geez, if that's what they want from it, boy would I kill for that."
Newell's latest movie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, is completed and awaiting release in May. His next project is reportedly a movie adaptation of Alan Cowell's book, The Terminal Spy, about the true story of the 2006 poisoning death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Newell is co-writing the adaptation with David Scarpa and plans to direct.