Fox is keen to completely reinvent Zorro, with a futuristic take on the swordsman. With other studios eyeing different takes of the legendary character, Fox is keen to move forward on its version as quickly as possible. A few weeks ago, Gael Garcia Bernal emerged as frontrunner for the lead role, and now Variety reports that Peruvian helmer Ricardo de Monteuil may direct.
The idea behind the reboot is to take Zorro into a post-apocalyptic era. The story will not be set in California or Mexico, but a futuristic wasteland, with Bernal as a masked vigilante bent on revenge. The film was written by Glenn Gers with help from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.
The movie’s not the only Zorro flick around, as Sony (which made the Antonio Banderas Zorro movies) is developing an origin story about the Mexican American hero, based on Isabel Allende’s 2005 novel simply called Zorro.
Although there’s no deal for de Monteuil to direct Zorro Reborn at the moment, he will helm Bernal’s screen test, putting him in prime place to get the job making the movie.