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Tonto and The Lone Ranger ride again: First look at Disney's The Lone Ranger remake

Mega-producer, Jerry Bruckheimer proved that production on the long awaited remake of The Lone Ranger was in fact, resuming, with one simple tweet.

The picture Bruckheimer posted (shown above) provides the very first look at his vision for Disney's The Lone Ranger remake. 

The film has been in what some would call “development hell” since 2007, when the idea for a remake first surfaced. Year after year, the movie suffered greatly from budgeting issues, with Disney finally halting production on the movie in August 2011.

After months of negotiations, Disney and friends compromised and set a Feb. 6 start date, only to push it back a couple more days to Feb. 13.

Still, the film has been plagued with casting issues, with some actors dropping out and others dropping in, but Lone Ranger fans can rest assured knowing that the movie is indeed shooting and is set for a May 31, 2013 release.

The Lone Ranger was a long running staple in early entertainment history; originally starting as a radio program in 1933, the series spawned successful television series from 1949 to 1957. The series followed the lives of ex-Texas Ranger, John Reid, and his Native American partner, Tonto as they fought injustice in the American Old West.

Since the series, plenty of networks and studios have tried to recreate the magic between lead characters Tonto and John Reid but to no avail. See The Legend of the Lone Ranger and an unsuccessful made-for-TV film, The Lone Ranger starring Chad Michael Murray.

But, perhaps the Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer combination could be what the series needs for a successful comeback. In the remake, the film focuses on making Tonto (Johnny Depp) the central character as opposed to John Reid. (Armie Hammer)

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The Lone Ranger is set to ride into theaters on May 31, 2013. 

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