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Looks like Zorro is heading back to the big screen, and this time around, it will not be Antonio Banderas behind the mask. According to Deadline, Sony is in the process of setting up another re-imagining of the Spanish outlaw based on the 2005 novel Zorro by Isabel Allende. The book is an origin story that is also written as a mock biography, apparently treating the character as a real historical figure, and even making reference to many existing stories including the last feature film The Mask of Zorro. Does this mean the movie will be shot as a mockumentary? Probably not, but it might be a cool idea. At any rate, Sony is insisting that since it is based on this book, it will Not be a remake. Of course it won't. Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to pen the script, taking them out of their »
Well here's some weird news. The La Times's 24Frames blog is reporting that everyone's favourite masked avenger, Zorro, will be heading to "a desolate and post-apocalyptic future" near you.
According to "a person familiar with the film" the the new film, called Zorro Reborn, "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.
A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.
Interesting no? »
Here’s some interesting news: according to The Los Angeles Times, Twentieth Century Fox is developing a new “Zorro” film that will take the character out of his historical Mexico or California setting called “Zorro Reborn”. “Zorro Reborn” will have the character living in the future. But not any future–he’ll be living in a desolate, dystopian future in which he’ll be the lone vigilante fueled by revenge in western story that has tinges of both “No Country for Old Men” and Sergio Leone films. The movie will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization specialist who has worked on films such as the “X-Men”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and “Matrix” films. »
As much as we love post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies, this one deserves to be filed in the "what the?" news category. According to the L.A. Times, 20th Century Fox is planning on returning Zorro to the big screen by taking Johnston McCulley's classic pulp hero out of his Spanish Colonial California roots and propelling him into "a desolate and post-apocalyptic" future. Citing an anonymous "person familiar with the film," the Times states that in Zorro Reborn, the masked hero will be "less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge" in the vein of No Country for Old Men.
The script was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriting duo behind a planned revamp of Dracula for Warner Bros. called Harker, named after Jonathan Harker, one of the narrators of Bram Stoker's classic novel. Fox has tapped Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Six years ago, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and director Martin Campbell entertained us with the swashbuckler "The Legend of Zorro." But there's a new reboot in the works that will bring our masked avenger back to the future, well, more like a desolate and post-apocalyptic setting according to the La Times.
The reboot is called "Zorro Reborn" and is being developed at Fox right now. In this new version, Zorro aka Don Diego de la Vega, is a one-man vigilante hell bent on revenge. So it's still using the Western tropes.
The project is in early stages but Rpin Suwannath is set to direct. Suwannath was in charge of visualizing art images for movies such as "X-Men," "Matrix," and "Chronicles of Narnia." Great! He's a visual artist, but can he tell a story? »
If you are going to reboot a franchise, why not reboot it to something entirely different? The Los Angeles Times reported a reboot film “Zorro Reborn” will remove the famous masked swashbuckler from the original historical California and Mexico settings. In fact, an unnamed source told the La Times that the new installment will be in the future as “specifically a desolate and post-apocalyptic one.” La Times described this version 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.’” The reboot project is currently being developed by Twentieth Century Fox. It will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a pre-visualization specialist who worked on films such as “X-Men,” “Matrix” and “Chronicles of Narnia” films. The reboot script was written by the writing team of Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. »
In a development that sounds more like a joke from an episode of 30 Rock than an actual piece of news, 24 Frames reports that 20th Century Fox plans to reboot the Zorro character – who was last portrayed twice by Antonio Banderas for director Martin Campbell - and will do so by placing him in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting.
Titled Zorro Reborn, it’s described as being a western story that’s “less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge,” with the inspiration coming from Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men. Written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (who wrote the spec for the Dracula reboot Harker), the plan is for previsualization specialist Rpin Suwannath to come on board as director.
The lead part has been described as being a “juicy” one for the young actor who gets it, which makes sense; Zorro is »
- Nick Newman
What do you call it when you take a character and remove him from the environment that made him who he is? The new Zorro Reborn project. Set to be directed by pre-viz artist Rpin Suwannath, this new story would take Zorro away from the desert of the southwest during a time where phones and clean water don’t exist and place him in a post-apocalyptic future desert during a time where phones and clean water don’t exist. Zorro will just never get to know the pleasure of watching Golden Girls in an air conditioned room. I’m no purist, but taking a character from the environment that made him is always a dangerous prospect. Then again, that very type of What If? game gave the world “Superman: Red Son” so it can’t be all bad. On the plus side, it might be thrilling to see a masked desperado taking on the likes of irradiated »
- Cole Abaius
These days everything seems to be a reboot, a sequel, or a movie created from a well known brand like Battleship. Fox is cashing in again on a known franchise by producing a reboot of Zorro called Zorro Reborn. The last Zorro was back in 2005 with Antonio Banderas however, this won't be anything close to what you saw six years ago.
Zorro Reborn will take place in the post-apocalytic future with a dark and gritty tone. This project is on the fast track with Rpin Suwannath aready set to direct. Suwannath did all the special effects on the X-Men movies and Narnia so we can almost be sure that there will be plenty of special effects. »
- Get The Big Picture
Masked outlaw Zorro is set to ride again - this time in the future.
In 1998's The Mask of Zorro, the now-retired original hero (Anthony Hopkins) passed the mantle to a successor (Banderas). This was followed in 2005 by The Legend of Zorro. Both were directed by Martin Campbell, who also helmed Casino Royale and the upcoming Warner Bros superhero adaptation Green Lantern.
There have been rumblings for some time that a reboot was on its way and, according to a new report, it seems to be gaining momentum.
The Los Angeles Times reports that 20th Century Fox now intends to revamp the franchise with a new film called Zorro Reborn, penned by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy and set in a "desolate and post-apocalypic future."
The newspaper says: "Zorro will be »
- David Bentley
Zorro has been making appearances in film for almost 100 years, but the most recent incarnation of the character played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins playing an aged Don Diego de la Vega handing off the mask to a misfit outlaw played by Antonio Banderas. That was of course The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell, who later followed up that film with the more family friendly The Legend of Zorro. The first film was moderately successful -- enough, anyway, to get a sequel greenlit -- but its follow-up barely even registered, either at the box office or with critics. At the time, it seemed like the character would be retired from movies, at least until a studio ran out of ideas and figured out a way to bring him back. Only six years later, that time has come. 24 Frames  is reporting that Zorro is about to undergo another reinvention. »
- Adam Quigley
With Disney in the process of putting together their reboot of The Lone Ranger and Summit having picked up Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers, Fox is apparently starting to feel the need to revive another swashbuckling franchise of their own. Zorro's last appearance on the big screen was actually a lot more recent than either of those characters, with Antonio Banderas starring in The Mask of Zorro back in 2005. Now they're aiming to bring the pulp hero back in a new way with a project called Zorro Reborn. The weird thing is that they intend to replace the western setting and adventurous tone with a dark and gritty post-apocalyptic future instead. Yep, this sounds like a Great idea. According to the L.A. Times , Zorro Reborn already has a director in the form of Rpin Suwannath, a special effects guy who served as pre-visualization supervisor on the X-Men movies, »
A futuristic Mask of Zorro? Douglas Fairbanks will be turning in his grave but then why the hell not? It’s 2011 and haven’t we become desensitized to this kind of franchise reboot trick by now and I guess I would rather see this than another origin story of the original caped crusader. I think so, anyway.
L.A. Times report that 20th Century Fox, forever the most dubious of franchise film studio’s, are in the early stages of developing Zorro Reborn, a new script which would transform our masked Mexican avenger, Bruce Wayne’s inspiration into becoming Batman no less, into a desolate & post-apocalyptic setting as a ‘one-man vigilante force bent on revenge seeking’. Revenge on who or what or even what the catalyst was for Armageddon is anyone’s guess but we are told the proposed movie would be part Sergio Leone Western/part No Country For Old Men. »
- Matt Holmes
20th Century Fox is developing a rather different take on the legend of Zorro by shifting him out of the Spanish colonial era of California in which he was set and into a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland.
Entitled "Zorro Reborn", this re-imagining of the character will forgo many of The Fox's traditional characteristics in favour of a story fuelled by vengeance rather than justice.
Further story specifics or the actual location of where in the world it will be set have not been revealed, but is said to have shades of both "No Country for Old Men" and Sergio Leone's classic westerns.
Pre-viz whiz Rpin Suwannath will make his directorial debut on the project, while Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy are penning the script. The writing duo have also penned a new take on Dracula entitled "Harker" which is set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. »
- Garth Franklin
The two “Zorro” movies with Antonio Banderas as the masked crimefighter and Catherine Zeta-Jones as his gorgeous wife/partner-in-crimefighting were good, old-fashioned action-adventure fun, the kind of classic Hollywood movies that were all the rave back in the good old days. They both also made a lot of money, and it’s surprising that a third installment hasn’t been made yet. That might change very soon. The LATimes has heard that Fox plans to revive the character, though you might not actually recognize him when he finally returns to the big screen. Word is, the new Zorro will abandon his Old Mexico/California roots and be transplanted to … the post-apocalyptic future. No, really. According to the Times, 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. »
Despite the fact hat he’s appeared in numerous books, movies, television shows, radio serials, and comics – the character of Zorro has maintained a fairly consistent depiction over the last ninety-years. All of that is about to change thanks to a new live-action film that Fox is developing titled Zorro Reborn.
The project isn’t just a straightforward cinematic reboot for the swashbuckling hero – it will also give a dramatic makeover to the key iconography of Zorro lore. Rather than being set during the Spanish colonial era, Zorro Reborn will take place in a post-apocalyptic future (since Hollywood doesn’t seem to foresee any other kind).
The script was written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriting duo responsible for the upcoming Dracula re-imaging, Harker. The film will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization specialist who ...
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- Chris Schrader
Zorro is getting the reboot treatment thanks to 20th Century Fox. This time the masked swashbuckler may be headed to the future and possibly without a sword? Six years ago, Antonio Banderas starred in The Legend of Zorro directed by Martin Campbell. Fox's reboot is titled Zorro Reborn and will be directed by Rpin Suwannath from a script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.
Typically Zorro (real name: Don Diego de la Vega) rides his black steed throughout California and Mexico fighting evil with his whip and sword. In the reboot he lives in a desolate and post-apocalyptic future, according to the La Times. No confirmation is available at this time from Fox. According to the Times, the new "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. »
A large part of Zorro's charm is his old-fashioned adventuring ways. He's a pulp hero who's instantly recognizable for his mask, cape, and swordsmanship. 20th Century Fox would like to strip all that crap away and send him to the a post-apocalyptic wasteland. 24 Frames reports that the studio is in early development on Zorro Reborn. This time around, 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." Good, because I haven't seen a movie before where a one-man vigilante force roams the post-apocalyptic wasteland before. Wait—sorry, I have actually seen that—many times. But in all fairness, the vigilante wasn't named Zorro. Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriters behind the Dracula re-imagining Harker wrote the script and pre-visualization specialist Rpin Suwannath (The Matrix »
- Matt Goldberg
The swashbuckling pulp hero may drop his time period, setting and mission against social injustice for a futuristic revenge tale in the film that is said to be in early development at 20th Century Fox. Reports state that the outlaw hero will be given a dark reinterpretation similar to that of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight with a script written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who have recently revamped the Dracula franchice for Warner Brothers with their Harker script. Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men were given as comparisons on tone. Rpin Suwannath will direct the tentatively titled Zorro Reborn. He is known throughout Hollywood for doing the pre-visualization work on such film series as X-Men, The Matrix, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The film could provide a star- »
- Eric Whitman
24 Frames has posted some unconfirmed details about a possible "Zorro" reboot at 20th Century Fox that will reportedly be titled Zorro Reborn . The site says that previsualization expert Rpin Suwannath ("X-Men" and "Narnia" films, Superman Returns ) will direct from a script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the duo behind Warner Bros.' upcoming Dracula film Harker . The report says that the film would remove Zorro from his historical California or Mexico setting and that the film would take place in a "desolate and post-apocalyptic" future. "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 »
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