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Zorro is getting a post-apocalyptic reboot

08.18.2015

We've heard about a Zorro reboot for a while now, but it looks like producer and Sobini CEO Mark Amin REALLY enjoyed MAD MAX: FURY ROAD as he's now producing a post-apocalyptic reboot for the masked man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zorro Reborn will be a post-apocalyptic take on the hero that will be set in the near future with the man taking on tyrants and the like. While no filmmaker has been chosen to take on the project, principal photography is already expected to begin in March of 2016. No word yet on whether or not George Miller has had a chance to decline.

While I'm not intimate with the original stories of Don Diego de la Vega, his swashbuckling adventures always felt at home with me during the era of Spanish rule of California's early days. Antonio Banderas previously portrayed the crusader in 1998's THE MASK OF ZORRO and 2005's THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, both of which were directed by Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE). While I found those films to be pretty entertaining, I'm guessing Mark Amin wants to be make a bigger mark. For better or worse, it sounds like he will.

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3:00AM on 08/19/2015
Great now here comes a bunch of knock off post apocalyptic films.
Great now here comes a bunch of knock off post apocalyptic films.
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2:07AM on 08/19/2015

actual info about the project

Mad Max: Fury Road could not have influenced this decision for the Zorro timeline, and mentioning George Miller in this article makes no sense. If you google "Gael Garcia Bernal Zorro" you get any number of articles from 2011 and 2012 calling it a post-apocalyptic reimagining -- including a 2012 article on Joblo! [link] I know two people working on the development of the movie, and Sobini Films has been working on it for many years. In the quoted Hollywood Reporter article, the producer ">
Mad Max: Fury Road could not have influenced this decision for the Zorro timeline, and mentioning George Miller in this article makes no sense. If you google "Gael Garcia Bernal Zorro" you get any number of articles from 2011 and 2012 calling it a post-apocalyptic reimagining -- including a 2012 article on Joblo! [link] I know two people working on the development of the movie, and Sobini Films has been working on it for many years. In the quoted Hollywood Reporter article, the producer mentions he has been linked to it for 15 years. The decision was made long ago, so if George Miller was any sort of influence, it would have been because of a Mel Gibson flick instead. If you look at when the decision was first announced, and the angle they might take on the story, personally I can see it based somewhere in a PG-13 version of the world of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," and I'm sure that with the popularity of The Hunger Games movies and all their copycats, along with the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead, watching Zorro after an apocalypse doesn't seem so out of place after all.
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2:12AM on 08/19/2015
The more noteworthy piece of information to glean from this article is what goes left unsaid: Gael Garcia Bernal isn't mentioned in the article at all, but I can't find any news of him dropping the project, and it is not listed on his IMDB page anymore....
The more noteworthy piece of information to glean from this article is what goes left unsaid: Gael Garcia Bernal isn't mentioned in the article at all, but I can't find any news of him dropping the project, and it is not listed on his IMDB page anymore....
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1:11AM on 08/19/2015
Kind of bizarre, but could work. A lot of post-apocalypse tales have a habit of ending up resembling earlier parts of history like the middle ages or wild west. So, it could work in a way. And the post-apocalyptic setting may allow the filmmakers to not have to adhere to the rules of having it set in a historical time period.
Kind of bizarre, but could work. A lot of post-apocalypse tales have a habit of ending up resembling earlier parts of history like the middle ages or wild west. So, it could work in a way. And the post-apocalyptic setting may allow the filmmakers to not have to adhere to the rules of having it set in a historical time period.
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12:22AM on 08/19/2015
Whatever happens to the 'Zorro Begins' idea that circles around a few years back? As I remembered it was supposed to be based on a novel which seem pretty solid and got all the ingredients to make a gritty take on the early beginnings of the Zorro character without making it too gimmicky like having a 'post-apocalyptic setting'. I totally loved the idea, but this one sounds like someone tried to push the idea forward only to get shot down by some exec who wants to cash in on the Mad Max
Whatever happens to the 'Zorro Begins' idea that circles around a few years back? As I remembered it was supposed to be based on a novel which seem pretty solid and got all the ingredients to make a gritty take on the early beginnings of the Zorro character without making it too gimmicky like having a 'post-apocalyptic setting'. I totally loved the idea, but this one sounds like someone tried to push the idea forward only to get shot down by some exec who wants to cash in on the Mad Max bandwagon.
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11:41PM on 08/18/2015
It kind of makes sense. Zorro was always a period piece, but where that period takes place has frequently changed. If you wanted to play with that concept, Zorro works best in a place of near-anarchy. And even though modern Mexico has some serious drug cartel problems, I just don't think a contemporary retelling would fit. So the next solution is the future, and if so, then it must be a post-apocalyptic one.
It kind of makes sense. Zorro was always a period piece, but where that period takes place has frequently changed. If you wanted to play with that concept, Zorro works best in a place of near-anarchy. And even though modern Mexico has some serious drug cartel problems, I just don't think a contemporary retelling would fit. So the next solution is the future, and if so, then it must be a post-apocalyptic one.
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11:04PM on 08/18/2015
I'm still 50-50 on this. Remember Phantom 2040 cartoon? That took Phantom out of the jungle and into the future. It worked pretty well. This new Zorro might work. We'll see.
I'm still 50-50 on this. Remember Phantom 2040 cartoon? That took Phantom out of the jungle and into the future. It worked pretty well. This new Zorro might work. We'll see.
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9:04PM on 08/18/2015
I appriciate ideas like this because they're true re-imaginings, as opposed to remakes that bring nothing to the table. However, they have to make sense. And there shouldn't be changes just because another movie was a success. MAN OF STEEL and FANT4STIC shouldn't have been dark just because the DARK KNIGHT trilogy was, and ZORRO shouldn't be post-apocalyptic just because MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was. Also, there aren't many swashbuckling blockbusters anymore. Why alter one of those few?
I appriciate ideas like this because they're true re-imaginings, as opposed to remakes that bring nothing to the table. However, they have to make sense. And there shouldn't be changes just because another movie was a success. MAN OF STEEL and FANT4STIC shouldn't have been dark just because the DARK KNIGHT trilogy was, and ZORRO shouldn't be post-apocalyptic just because MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was. Also, there aren't many swashbuckling blockbusters anymore. Why alter one of those few?
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6:43PM on 08/18/2015
I like Zorro, but not like this.
I like Zorro, but not like this.
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6:30PM on 08/18/2015
Hey Hollywood, I have an idea for The Three Musketeers in Space! Call Me!
Hey Hollywood, I have an idea for The Three Musketeers in Space! Call Me!
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5:50PM on 08/18/2015

Phantom

This would suit the phantom better. Since he is a legacy hero we can assume he passes the mantle down forever. There was even an animated future phantom and the modernized movie too.
This would suit the phantom better. Since he is a legacy hero we can assume he passes the mantle down forever. There was even an animated future phantom and the modernized movie too.
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5:38PM on 08/18/2015

Sorry. This just does not sound, @ ALL, like a entertaining idea.

Hollywood, if you can't be faithful to a property, drop it and create your own. Stop using and abusing intellectual properties in order to get gullible fans to see your film while simultaneously changing anything that made fans like it in the first place.

If you want to make a Superman film but change his suit, power set and origin, then you don't want to make a "Superman" film, you want to use the Superman name to put butts in seats and it will come back to bite you in the ass later.
Hollywood, if you can't be faithful to a property, drop it and create your own. Stop using and abusing intellectual properties in order to get gullible fans to see your film while simultaneously changing anything that made fans like it in the first place.

If you want to make a Superman film but change his suit, power set and origin, then you don't want to make a "Superman" film, you want to use the Superman name to put butts in seats and it will come back to bite you in the ass later. (talking to *YOU*...JON PETERS!!!)

Yes, it's hard to secure funding for a film whose intellectual property is unknown, especially one with a high price tag, we get that. But it's better that it *NOT* be made than damage the intellectual properties' good name and enrage it's fanbase in order to sell us a ticket.

Changing the iconic setting & time period just to energize & mix things up? Sometimes it works, but not on a franchise such as Zorro.

I mean, would a future Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot sound any more awesome & kick-ass if they were fighting a villain @ the bottom of the sea in the lost city of Atlantis in the year 120 AD? (Movie Exec: "But they're TURTLES...like, sea animals man?!?") or Sony / Marvel's eventual Tom Holland stand alone Spider-Man sequel benefit from having the webslinger relocated to Texas in the old west via a time machine or some shit?

What's next?....Robocop in France during WWII? Harry Potter in 1920's Hollywood? Jack Sparrow on MARS?

No. BOTH Spidey & The Turtles defend NYC. Modern DAY, NYC. And Detroit, London & the fucking Caribbean! And so on & so forth! Long time fans expect the handlers (or "current rights holder") of their favorite franchises to be respectful to the source material (to a fault). An African-American Human Torch is cool w/ me...so is a female Jimmy Olson.

Think about it.
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11:39PM on 08/18/2015
Robocop in France during WWII? Shit yeah. I would be down with that.
Robocop in France during WWII? Shit yeah. I would be down with that.
1:37PM on 08/19/2015
What's wrong with multiple iterations? Changing the time/setting keeps things fresh and legendary stories like Zorro can work in any time. Also Spidey, Batman as well as others have versions (at least in the comics for now) that happen in other "times". Not gonna lie tho...that Robocop pitch actually sounds totally bad ass. I'd watch that...I'd watch that right now.
What's wrong with multiple iterations? Changing the time/setting keeps things fresh and legendary stories like Zorro can work in any time. Also Spidey, Batman as well as others have versions (at least in the comics for now) that happen in other "times". Not gonna lie tho...that Robocop pitch actually sounds totally bad ass. I'd watch that...I'd watch that right now.
5:16PM on 08/18/2015
Now, I may eat my words if Miller signs, but I just don't like this idea. It's not that it wouldn't play. But I think part of the fun of Zorro is the time period. I guess they've got to distance themselves from the Banderas movies somehow, since at less than 20 years old, are still pretty big and memorable in a lot of people's minds.
Now, I may eat my words if Miller signs, but I just don't like this idea. It's not that it wouldn't play. But I think part of the fun of Zorro is the time period. I guess they've got to distance themselves from the Banderas movies somehow, since at less than 20 years old, are still pretty big and memorable in a lot of people's minds.
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4:29PM on 08/18/2015

Considering

George Miller has been offered the Man of Steel sequel....I highly doubt he'd waste his time rehashing his own material.
George Miller has been offered the Man of Steel sequel....I highly doubt he'd waste his time rehashing his own material.
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4:52PM on 08/18/2015
Source?
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10:16PM on 08/18/2015
just google it. It's not confirmed but it is the story that is going around right now.
just google it. It's not confirmed but it is the story that is going around right now.
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