It’s been a long while since we heard anything about Zorro Reborn, the proposed post-apocalyptic reboot of the classic masked character, but it appears the project may have found new life. Per THR, Lantica Media and Sobini Films have teamed together to finance the reboot, with a plan to get principal photography underway in March 2016 at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.
Reborn takes place in the near future and moves the mythic hero into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where he takes on tyrants. The project has been percolating for years, most recently at 20th Century Fox where Gael Garcia Bernal signed on to star with a script by Glenn Gers, Lee Shipman, and Brian McGreevy.
Obviously that iteration never came to pass, and it’s unclear in what shape the script for Zorro Reborn is in at the moment, but it’s possible the success of Mad Max: Fury Road spurred folks to think there’s success to be found in a post-apocalyptic spin on Zorro. Sobini CEO Mark Amin is producing the film and seems fairly bullish on this recent development, so we’ll see if Zorro Reborn actually does get in front of cameras next year or if this is yet another false start.
The character of Zorro originated in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. In addition to plenty of books, Zorro has appeared in numerous films, originating with Douglas Fairbanks in the role in the 1920s and most recently with Antonio Banderas playing the character in 1998’s excellent The Mask of Zorro and its 2005 sequel The Legend of Zorro. Zorro was, of course, also the star of the half-hour Disney TV series Zorro in the 1950s.