That dark and gritty Zorro reboot? It's back ON and just got itself a brand-new screenwriter.
According to Deadline, Chris Boal -- brother of The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal and a former professional fencer -- has been tapped to write the long-gestating reboot of the classic adventure story featuring the original man in the black mask.
Back in 2011, Sony had hired TV writers Matthew Federman and Stepen Scaia to adapt an origin story of the original caped crusader based on Isabel Allende’s Zorro novel. It’s unclear at this point whether this is a continuation of this project or whether Sony has scrapped it altogether and is starting from scratch.
Deadline also reports that this version of Zorro will be less a traditional swashbuckler and more of a Dark Knight-ish style of story, giving the character a brand-new backstory and sprinkling it with a good dose of gritty realism along with the much-needed emotional core.
The good news? There will be sword fights. The potential bad news is? There will be martial arts. Deadline says that:
There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came from Europe and created a deadly combination of action and lethal fighting systems that combined swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles.
So, again, they're going for dark and gritty and realistic. There's no longer any need for some good old-fashioned fun, after all. Right?
Do you guys think Sony's heading in the right direction with this new Zorro reboot?