Futuristic Zorro reboot lands a brand-name writer/director

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Feb 6, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

A sci-fi update of Zorro that has been in the works for a while just signed some top-shelf talent behind the camera.

The companies behind the film, which is titled Z, have announced that Jonas Cuaron will both write and direct the picture. Cuaron is the son of Children of Men and Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and co-wrote the latter with his dad. The younger Cuaron's second directorial effort, a film called Desierto, will be out this spring.

Sobini Films and Lantica Media are the companies behind the project, and the latter's CEO Antonio Gennari said in a press release: 

“We are quite fortunate to have Jonas on this film. His love of cinema is evident in his work and he is very talented in his ability to tell a compelling story. We look forward to seeing where his vision will take us.”   

Principal photography will begin this summer at Pinewood Studios in the Dominican Republic, with casting yet to be announced. 
The Zorro tale was created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley, who devised the character as the masked alter ego of Spanish nobleman Don Diego de la Vega. A loose inspiration for Batman and other similar heroes, de la Vega/Zorro lived in California in the mid-1800s and donned his mask and cape by night to defend the land's native people against villains of various stripes, including corrupt local authorities.

There have been scores of Zorro books, comics, TV shows and movies since then, but he was last seen in a major Hollywood film in 2005's The Legend of Zorro.

This version of the tale, however -- which was first announced three years ago -- will place Zorro in the future, where he will continue to square off against bad guys in a post-apocalyptic setting. Originally titled Zorro Reborn, the project's script will now likely get a complete overhaul from Cuaron. It's also doubtful whether the star once attached to the film, Gael Garcia Bernal, will still be involved.

Do you think a futuristic reboot of Zorro can work? 

(via Collider)