In the latest desperate attempt to rebrand and reboot an established franchise, it seems ‘Zorro’ will be put through the ringer with a new project known as ‘Zorro Reborn,’ which is being financed by Lantica Media and Sobini Films. The reboot has long been rumored, but it seems they are finally moving forward with the project, with filming to begin in March of 2016, though no word of the film’s release date has been discussed as yet.
The “angle” they are taking with the reboot is that the character will no longer be living in Spanish Colonial California, and will instead be a crusader hell-bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic world. At which point, as another commentator has pointed out, why even bother calling it Zorro? The character has always been a charismatic, mischievous thorn in the side of the oppressive Spanish regime of his time, playfully besting them through tricks and superior swordmanship, all while riding his faithful horse and carving a “Z” into things to let the Spanish government know the sabotage was his work. The new ideas seem to drain the entire franchise of fun, of the romantic nature of the character, and instead shove him into the new cookie-cutter formerly of dark, gritty, realistic drama, which has been done to death by everyone trying to rip off ‘The Dark Knight.’ If they are smart they will at least keep him in a similar costume, keep him a sword-fighter, keep him riding the horse, etc, as those elements could still play in a post-apocalyptic world, but who knows what they are thinking at this point.
So far they have not announced a director, or an actor to play Zorro, which might be a sign that they are having trouble finding talent to sign up to bring to life the ludicrous story being put forth. Am I the only one who thinks this is a terrible idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!