Wait, what?! There’s a futuristic Zorro movie? Well, maybe. It appears 20th Century Fox is hoping to revive the classic star of movies, television, radio and comics, but with a science fiction spin, setting the series in a post-apocalyptic “New San Diego” and pitting the title hero against an oppressive government regime. The new film is titled “Zorro Reborn.”
The following is NOT an official trailer to announce the film’s release. The movie has not even been made yet. This is what is considered a “proof-of-concept trailer” meant to convince the studio that the movie should be made. It was shot in South Africa in 2012 and was directed by Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil, who would helm the full movie. In the trailer, the role of Zorro is portrayed by fellow Peruvian Jason Day, but Gael García Bernal is attached to star should the studio go forward with the film. The voice over is provided by Jon Voight. Check it out and let us know if you would be interested in seeing a sci-fi take on Zorro.
Here is a synopsis for the film:
The premise has a meteorite crashing into Earth in the future that destroys much of California and Mexico leaving it as a desert. After the dust settles, that same meteorite is discovered to be a supreme source of energy, which a new hostile corporation assumes. People begin flocking to New San Diego for work only to find out they’re now being oppressed. It is then that Alejandro Fox, a descendant of Don Diego de la Vega, the original Zorro, emerges as the hero that will answer the people’s cry for justice.
The script has passed through several hands, with Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) being the most recent scribe, based off a script from Glenn Gers, Stevie Long, Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman.
The casting still seems up in the air. Bernal was attached to the part, but Day actually appears in the trailer. But neither is a huge box office draw. And after the similarly-sourced ‘The Lone Ranger’ spectacularly flamed out even with Johnny Depp headlining, Fox may want to proceed with caution.
Even so, the trailer is action packed. The tone feels a little like ‘The Hunger Games’ which is a solid hit franchise.
What do you think? Does a futuristic Zorro reboot appeal to you?