It's a veritable Pirates of the Caribbean reunion for Disney's The Lone Ranger, as filmmaker Gore Verbinski is reportedly close to reuniting with Johnny Depp and the House of Mouse.
Deadline reports that Verbinski "is getting serious about making his next directing outing The Lone Ranger." In 2008, Disney announced the project with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Depp starring as Tonto, the titular rider's Native American sidekick. Verbinski's involvement is not yet finalized, and there's currently no word on when production would begin on the project.
If the deal goes through, The Lone Ranger would mark the fifth collaboration between Verbinski and Depp. Beyond working together on the initial Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Depp recently supplied his voice to the title character in Rango, Verbinski's latest animated feature.