Hollywood has really been trying to bring Zorro back to the big screen lately. Four years ago, Fox was developing a post-apocalyptic take on the character (wtf?), that would’ve starred Gael Garcia Bernal. Perhaps thankfully, that version never materialized. But it seems that the idea of taking the masked hero, who defends mid-19th century Los Angeles against tyranny and who has penchant for leaving his initial everywhere, and ill-advisedly putting him into the future is one that studio big shots can’t shake, and so another a new project is coming together.
Jonas Cuaron, who co-wrote “Gravity” and wrote and directed “Desierto” (starring Bernal), has been tasked with bringing “Z” to life. This version will be set in the near feature, but the basic concept of a masked dude righting the wrongs inflicted upon the common people will stay the same.
One can’t help but wonder if Lantica Media and Sobini Films, which are developing the project, are looking to ride the basic “Star Wars” template of bringing together serial adventure and sci-fi. Guess we’ll see. Production begins this summer.