Rossio and Elliott also wrote The Mask of Zorro, a similar masked hero with a sword instead of six shooters.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the masked avenger, the Lone Ranger was original a 1930’s radio show before spinning off into TV shows, movies, comics, toys, books and more. I owned a Lone Ranger action figure as a kid and he rode a My Little Pony to victory.
The HR describes the hero’s origin story as beginning with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver (Hi-ho!), teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.
By the way, I love that they used the word “ilk.”
In all fairness, Collider ran this story in May 2007 and it’s only now getting a confirmation. They made a great point back then about Elliott and Rossio reinventing the pirate movie genre and how they could potentially revive the long dead western in a new, fun way.
As much I could really care less about a Lone Ranger feature, I’m interested to see what they do with a script and how Bruckheimer will “go big” this time.