The Lone Ranger Rides Again... and Again
|Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer of Jerry Bruckheimer's The Lone Ranger
03/12/2012 by Will Hoover
the Lone Ranger and Tonto aren't 1:1 scale action figures of American frontier legend, I don't know who possibly could be. Like a lot of kids, I grew up watching reruns of The Lone Ranger TV series starring Clayton Moore (and John Hart among other brief replacements for Moore) and Jay Silverheels. Those thrilling days of yesteryear not only gave us eight remarkable seasons of TV programming, but
also a highly acclaimed radio show that preceded the live action version, numerous books, comics and a series of vintage
action figures based on the TV series from now defunct toy producer, Gabriel.
What fantastic mythic stuff
The Lone Ranger has given the world over the years. Riding out to right all sorts of Western frontier wrongs, "the
masked rider of the plains and his faithful Indian companion Tonto" are two characters that really deserve to be, not
necessarily updated, but given a fresh new start. Given the long history of the Lone Ranger legend, it surely
is only a matter of time until someone mounts a successful revival of the franchise.
Not that it hasn't
been tried before. In 1981, a big budget attempt entitled The Legend of the Lone Ranger turned out to be a huge stinker for fans of the older series when the film's producers filed an injunction to
stop the then 65 year old Clayton Moore from wearing the trademark mask for public appearances in the runup to the
release of the movie in theaters. In the end however, and also perhaps due to a variety of other shortcomings the production
is now infamous for, the film tanked at the box office. "So much for free enterprise."
|Promotional art for the Legend of the Lone Ranger from 1981
The WB network tried again in 2003 with the two hour telefilm The Lone Ranger, but that project didn't go especially far either. Not that Chad Michael Murray as the masked rider and Nathaniel Arcand as Tonto weren't effective in their respective parts, but perhaps it will take
a guy with the outstanding track record of Jerry Bruckheimer to truly resurrect this timeless classic. And... Johnny Depp too, of course.
When I first heard that
Depp would be playing Tonto, I was somewhat dubious, but despite the fact that he appears to be wearing a bird on his head
as part of his costume in the first teaser pic publicly released by Bruckheimer and company, you gotta admit that he looks
pretty convincing as the legendary Native American sidekick. I'm not sure if Armie Hammer looks all that great in the publicity still, but I have absolutely no doubt that he'll be able to carry the
picture. And let's face it. If he doesn't, Johnny Depp surely will. And I personally can't wait
till the film is released in May of 2013.
Don't miss: The Lone Ranger Fanclub, NewsOK.com, Clayton Moore: The Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore Memorial, Largent's Lone Ranger Page