A script has been percolating in Hollywood that re-imagines the legend of Zorro with a dystopian spin. The Hollywood Report claims the project has now been greenlit for a 2016 production. Collider expounds:
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.
While the concept has promise, here’s hoping they come up with a better title.