Walt Pictures Disney have confirmed that Gore Verbinski (Rango) has officially signed on to direct The Lone Ranger, a new film based on the character created in 1933 by George W. Trendle.

The Lone Ranger is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Native American companion, Tonto.

Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, who previously worked with Verbinski on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, will both be involved in the film, as producer and actor respectively.

Verbinski will base his film on a script by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road).

Production is expected to commence next year.

Comingsoon.net reported this.