First it got shut down, then we heard there was going to be werewolves in it, but despite everything that's happened, 'The Lone Ranger' might still be a possibility. In a recent interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond at Disney's D23 Expo, Disney chief Rich Ross gave his two cents on the status of what could have been Disney's next big Western.

According to Ross, "I'm hoping to do it. I'm certainly hoping. I think it's a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer] and Johnny [Depp] more than me, so we'll see how it works."

Not only does Ross seem to think 'The Lone Ranger' is far from dead, but he also failed to mention director Gore Verbinski's name alongside producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp who was slated to play Tonto. Considering Ross' long relationship with the director who helmed the first three movies in Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, one would assume that Verbinski would earn a mention.

Maybe we're just reading into things, but it sounds like Verbinski may have been one of the many things that led to 'The Lone Ranger's' downfall. Head over to Deadline for the full story and interview with Ross.

So do you think 'The Lone Ranger' would be better off without Gore Verbinksi?

[via Deadline]

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