Good Idea/Bad Idea? Fox Plans to Reboot Zorro in the Post-Apocalyptic Future
What makes Zorro the hero he is? The 19th century Spanish Californian roots, that mask, the swashbuckling. But many of those defining elements will be scrapped for Fox's planned reboot, Zorro Reborn, which sets the legendary hero on a quest for justice in the post-apocalyptic future, possibly without even his iconic sword. Is this heresy or a brilliant twist on the 90-year-old pulp mythology?
The script is by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who also wrote the revisionist vampire tale Harker, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula set up at Warner Bros. that has Jaume Collet-Sera attached to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio producing. McGreevy also penned the YA novel Hemlock Grove, which gives the familiar monster mythos of vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein into a modern day setting.
So it would seem that transposing classic material into anachronistic settings is kind of Shipman and MvGreevey's thing. 24 Frames has more info on the developing Zorro project, based on an anonymous source:
Unlike many of the previous Zorros (real name: Don Diego de la Vega) brandishing whips and swords, the hero of the new installment will live in the future -- specifically a desolate and post-apocalyptic one, according to a person familiar with the film who asked not to be identified. A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.
In this version, Zorro will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men.
Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization veteran on a number of effects-heavy films including X-Men: First Class and the Chronicles of Narnia films, will make his feature directorial debut.
· With new movie, Zorro heads to the future [24 Frames]