On paper, a Zorro reboot that reimagines the masked vigilante as a futuristic hero might not sound like the most promising of movie pitches. But with the right name attached — Jonás Cuarón, for instance — it begins to sound like a more exciting proposition.
The Gravity co-writer, who recently made a big impression with his film Desierto at TIFF, will write and direct Z, a new take on the legendary hero from Mexico-ruled California.
“When I saw Desierto, I was impressed with Jonás’s command of action and suspense, his great visual eye, and the strong performances he elicited from his actors,” said Mark Amin, CEO of Sobini Film, who along with Lantica Media, is producing Z.
The production will film this summer at Pinewood Dominican Rupublic Studios.
No casting has been announced yet, but is it too early to start fantasy casting Desierto star Gael García Bernal?
Zorro, a.k.a. nobleman Don Diego de la Vega, was created by writer Johnston McCulley in 1919. He’s been portrayed on screen dozens of times, notably by Douglas Fairbanks, Guy Williams, and, most recently, Antonio Banderas (above).