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Chris Boal to script Sony's Zorro reboot

Mar. 6, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Quite a bit of time has gone by since we last talked about the ZORRO reboot. The last time we saw the character portrayed was back in 2005 with Antonio Banderas in the lead. A little LEGEND OF ZORRO anyone?

Those were pretty okay flicks. Banderas was the hot thing along with co-star Catherine Zeta Jones, also hot. It worked nicely. Oddly, my memories of the character go back to when Guy Williams wore the mask. That was way before I was born, but when nothing else was on TV at my babysitters house I would get sucked into watching it. I hadnt seen much of anything that was broadcast in black and white at the age of 7 so I can understand the fascination. Plus, Zorro is a cool characterhes suave, dashing, cunning, and good with sword. Whats not to like?!

That said, I was open and still am open to the idea of bringing Zorro back to the big screen. Sony has finally locked down a screenwriter for their adaptation of the materialChris Boal. Not someone youd be familiar with but someone who is on the rise. Boal, a former playwright, sold two pitches last year to Warner Bros: one on Julius Caesar and the other centered on Vikings. The first draft of the ZORRO script was handed to Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia based on the novel by Isabel Allende. However that didnt work out so they brought Boal in.

Here are some interesting details on the film:

the ambition of the movie is less traditional swashbuckler, and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came from Europe and created a deadly combination of action and lethal fighting systems that combined swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.

While Im not a fan of people lazily using Dark Knight-Style as a way of explaining gritty, realistic films, I do get where they are wanting to go, and I think Boal gets that.

Oh, and no one's called Banderas.

Source: Deadline

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10:51AM on 03/07/2014
Zorro is not a gritty character. He deals with corruption, human rights abuses and all other facets of wrong doing present at that time, but he does it with charm, swagger and a smile. He can kill, but most often doesn't. He humiliates his enemies and infuriates them. he doesn't have that crime alley incident that fundamentally serves as his genesis. He was a privileged child of two worlds who looked at the atrocities around him and could not accept it. Batman relies on fear first and foremost.
Zorro is not a gritty character. He deals with corruption, human rights abuses and all other facets of wrong doing present at that time, but he does it with charm, swagger and a smile. He can kill, but most often doesn't. He humiliates his enemies and infuriates them. he doesn't have that crime alley incident that fundamentally serves as his genesis. He was a privileged child of two worlds who looked at the atrocities around him and could not accept it. Batman relies on fear first and foremost. He is the bogeyman criminals tell their kids about. he is a haunted, driven man who pretends to be the opposite in his public life. With Diego, there is no brooding in the cave. he pretends to be a fop to avoid suspicion, but I always saw Wayne as a man who holds his smile until he is alone (except for his confidants) and then it crashes from his face. Deigo doesn't do that. So, the Dark Knight Grim and Gritty thing works to a point, but if you go to far and eliminate the swashbuckling and fun it isn't Zorro, It's Batman. Now, here's the thing: OBVIOUSLY without Zorro, there is no Batman. The wealthy man with a dark alias, the fabulous estate with a cave beneath, the trusted manservant...that is all Zorro. In the comics, the similarities are laid bare when it is shown that The film the Waynes originally went to was a Zorro film on that horrible night, with both those events blending to make what would become Batman.
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8:44AM on 03/07/2014

Complete the trilogy

I really liked The Mask of Zoro and while the 2nd was not as good it has appealed to me after repeat viewing. I was hoping they would complete this series, an ideal way to kind of reboot by passing the mantle onto his son (who hopefully would be less of a brat). Does every reboot have to be dark and gritty, isn't Zorro the ideal vehicle for some fun action?
I really liked The Mask of Zoro and while the 2nd was not as good it has appealed to me after repeat viewing. I was hoping they would complete this series, an ideal way to kind of reboot by passing the mantle onto his son (who hopefully would be less of a brat). Does every reboot have to be dark and gritty, isn't Zorro the ideal vehicle for some fun action?
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5:57PM on 03/08/2014
I was thinking the same!
I was thinking the same!
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5:14AM on 03/07/2014

Christ...

Dark Knight, gritty, realistic, emotional core? I hate people.
Dark Knight, gritty, realistic, emotional core? I hate people.
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4:55AM on 03/07/2014

Dark Knight style Zorro

Oh what an irony!
Oh what an irony!
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2:44AM on 03/07/2014
So I read the wiki entry for Isabel Allende's Zorro novel, and it sounds pretty cool. I do get the 'Batman Begins' vibe from it, since it's basically a semi-historically accurate and rather dark prequel of Diego's adventure as Zorro. Actually it also kind of reminds me of Assassin's Creed. Don't know how much will Boal's film deviate from that novel, though. If everything goes right, we may get the good Zorro movie we deserve.
So I read the wiki entry for Isabel Allende's Zorro novel, and it sounds pretty cool. I do get the 'Batman Begins' vibe from it, since it's basically a semi-historically accurate and rather dark prequel of Diego's adventure as Zorro. Actually it also kind of reminds me of Assassin's Creed. Don't know how much will Boal's film deviate from that novel, though. If everything goes right, we may get the good Zorro movie we deserve.
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1:48AM on 03/07/2014
The Mask of Zorro will always be my favourite, the follow up not so much though it was well intended.

This 'gritty' reboot will suck the fun out of what came before because Zorro is witty not broody.

I just can't picture Zorro growling his lines in a heavy Spanish accent without coming off awkward... Unless they cast Javier Badem.
The Mask of Zorro will always be my favourite, the follow up not so much though it was well intended.

This 'gritty' reboot will suck the fun out of what came before because Zorro is witty not broody.

I just can't picture Zorro growling his lines in a heavy Spanish accent without coming off awkward... Unless they cast Javier Badem.
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11:17PM on 03/06/2014
99% of the time lately, I am sick of anything being rebooted as "gritty", etc., but Zorro is one of those characters that could really benefit from that kind of perspective change, with the right cast and crew behind it.

Since I know nothing of Boal's, I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this.
99% of the time lately, I am sick of anything being rebooted as "gritty", etc., but Zorro is one of those characters that could really benefit from that kind of perspective change, with the right cast and crew behind it.

Since I know nothing of Boal's, I am going to be cautiously optimistic about this.
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1:45AM on 03/07/2014
Lol, that was also my first thought when I saw "gritty". Luckily I'm a big fan of "gritty" films, but lately it seems like it's everyones first idea when putting pen to paper!
Lol, that was also my first thought when I saw "gritty". Luckily I'm a big fan of "gritty" films, but lately it seems like it's everyones first idea when putting pen to paper!
10:41PM on 03/06/2014
I'm all for a Zorro reboot. As much I liked Banderas, he's kinda getting up their in age, so they're probably looking for a young gun. In that case, I nominate Edgar Ramirez.
I'm all for a Zorro reboot. As much I liked Banderas, he's kinda getting up their in age, so they're probably looking for a young gun. In that case, I nominate Edgar Ramirez.
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10:13PM on 03/06/2014
I'm skeptical about a modern-day Zorro but I guess it could work. For what it's worth, Chris Boal is the brother of Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal. Gael Garca Bernal was announced as starring in the remake; is he still attached to it?
I'm skeptical about a modern-day Zorro but I guess it could work. For what it's worth, Chris Boal is the brother of Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal. Gael Garca Bernal was announced as starring in the remake; is he still attached to it?
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10:06PM on 03/06/2014
I thought Banderas made for an awesome Zorro. Whoever gets casted next has big shoes to fill.
I thought Banderas made for an awesome Zorro. Whoever gets casted next has big shoes to fill.
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