The Hollywood Reporter says that writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, best known for their work on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, are in final negotiations to script the live-action big-screen adaptation.
Ranger is owned by Classic Media and began life as a 1930s radio show. Its popularity led to movie serials, TV shows, comic strips and comic books, toys, novels and more.
However, Ranger‘s most recent shot at the big screen, 1981’s The Legend of the Lone Ranger, failed so badly that the film’s star, Klinton Spilsbury, never worked in Hollywood again, notes The Reporter. In 2003, a TV movie that served as a pilot also bit the dust.
The hero’s origin story begins 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 then dons a mask and rides a white stallion named Silver, teaming up with Tonto to bring the gang and others of like it to justice.