A gritty futuristic take on the classic Zorro character appears to be on the way. Entitled Zorro Reborn, the film takes the original character concept of a vigilante hero of the common people who battles corruption in Spanish-held California and sets him in the near future. New San Diego is now under an oppressive regime that beats the city’s lower class even lower, and a new man picks up the mask and mantle of Zorro for justice.
Lantica Media will finance the movie, while Sobini Films’ CEO Mark Amin (Frida, Good Kill) will produce. Filming is expected to begin in March of next year at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.
The project has been in various stages of development for years, most recently at 20th Century Fox with Gael Garcia Bernal attached to star. Bryan Singer, Ricardo de Montreuil, Gary Whitta, and Justin Marks have all be involved at one point or another. The search is currently on to find a director for this latest Lantica/Sobini incarnation.
“This has been a 15-year journey filled with ups and downs, but it has remained my passion project over the years,” says Amin in a statement. Lantica CEO Antonio Gennari adds, “Every generation has its own Zorro hero and we’re proud to be able to introduce a new Zorro to this generation.”
Below, watch a proof-of-concept trailer filmed by 20th Century Fox a few years back.