Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jerry Bruckheimer talks 'Pirates' and 'The Lone Ranger'

Johnny Depp has a helluva lot of projects in the works, including The Lone Ranger (he's signed on for Jay Silverheels' original role as Tonto) and the fourth of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Both projects will be distributed by Disney, and though neither film has a director (those Mike Newell directing The Lone Ranger rumors are apparently false), producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells ComingSoon (via MTV) that Pirates of the Caribbean is Disney's first priority:

"['Pirates' is] a great franchise for them and for us, too,” Bruckheimer said. “A beloved character and Johnny’s really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. He certainly is interested in Tonto, but Disney’s priority is to get ‘Pirates’ made first. You never know what’s going to happen, but they would like it."

Bruckheimer also revealed that the original writers of the Pirates franchise Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot are working on the fourth script.

It's a shame that The Lone Ranger is farther behind. I'm looking forward to seeing how Depp tackles a new role (yes, it's a remake of sorts, but Depp has a way of making things fresh), even though I'm one of the few people who actually liked all of the Pirates movies. As for a director for the fourth Pirates film, Bruckheimer would be interested in having Gore Verbinski return to direct, though the decision would ultimatly be Verbinski's.

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