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According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.
Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.
This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »
- Kellvin Chavez
News Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 07:07
Sony is continuing with its quest to reboot the Zorro movie franchise, and it's hired a new writer to help it with its latest masked endeavour.
Chris Boal, a playwright who's turning his hand to screenwriting, has been hired to take over a previous draft of the new Zorro film. A script has already been written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and it's unclear whether Boal will be starting afresh, or working with the earlier draft.
According to reports, the plan for the new Zorro is - you probably could have guessed this - to go darker and gritter, »
The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.
The Zorro character first appeared in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella "The Curse of Capistrano", Allende's work is an origin tale and prequel to the events of that story, and contains numerous references to other famous Zorro works including 1998's "The Mask of Zorro".
The project is not to be confused with Fox's rival sci-fi take "Zorro Reborn" which puts the character in a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland.
- Garth Franklin
Columbia Pictures is moving forward with their proposed reboot of the Zorro franchise. Deadline reports that they've hired professional fencer/playwright-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal (the brother of The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal) to rewrite the draft previously scripted by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, in turn based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel that served as a mock biography of he fictional character. That book is officially described as follows: A swashbuckling adventure story, "Zorro" reveals the history behind the legendary masked man. Born in Southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. From »
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