Sony/Columbia Hiring TV Writers to Reboot the Masked Hero 'Zorro'
The last time we saw Zorro swashbuckling on screen was in 2005's The Legend of Zorro, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas, and before that in 1998 with The Mask of Zorro. Now Sony is looking to once again cut a "Z" in the silver screen: this time as an adaptation of author Isabel Allende's 2005 book simply titled Zorro, which is a 6-part mock biography of sorts focusing on the the Hispanic hero prior to his origins in Johnston McCulley's "Curse of Capistrano" in 1919. It also has ties to Mask of Zorro, in which Anthony Hopkins played Diego de la Vega, the character in the novella and original man behind the mask.
Deadline is reporting that Sony/Columbia Pictures has tapped Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia to pen the reboot. Federman & Scaia are primarily TV writers, having worked on shows like Human Target, Jericho, and Judging Amy. Federman has no feature credits but has written for a video game - 2008's Fracture - so that's something. They recently adapted another novel for the screen, Candice Millard's "The River Of Doubt", which chronicles Teddy Roosevelt's trip down the Amazon in 1914. No word on the status of that project or who is attached to direct but it's set up at Jon Turteltaub's Junction Ent. So we may not know their names yet but I'm guessing we will once Zorro swings back onto the screens, likely in a few years.
So what do you think? Is Zorro one of those classic characters that you'll always get excited for or did that horse ride a long time ago? Personally, I remember enjoying The Mask of Zorro (I was 13 when it came out mind you)… The Legend of Zorro, on the other hand, I'm not even sure if I saw. If I did, it obviously wasn't that memorable. Those films always seemed to be big with the same crowds that like films like The Mummy and other action adventure throwbacks of the late '90s/early '00s. If Sony got someone like Joe Johnston to direct and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Sucker Punch) to star as Zorro, I might be interested. We'll let you know.