There's lots of interesting people involved in this one and according to /Film there's going to be quite a bit of real life Johnny Depp mannerisms in Rango thanks to some fancy computering.
But the most interesting thing about this new project is that Industrial Light & Magic will be doing the animation using “cutting edge techniques” that Verbinski has said, “will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated characterer in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.” Basically it sounds like Verbinski has gone the way of Robert Zemeckis.
Verbinski's resume is a bit all over the place and not really in the good way. The Pirates of the Caribbean series has its fun moments, but it certainly has its fair share of money hungry ridiculousness as well. All things considered Depp as a confused chameleon with some fancy animation techniques is enough to get me on board, especially with the comically simple synopsis. What are your thoughts on Rango?