Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter and playwright Chris Boal, the brother of Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to write their Zorro reboot.

The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing for the studio, with the project said to be a high priority at Sony. 20th Century Fox had been developing their own Zorro-themed project entitled Zorro Reborn, which at one time had Gael García Bernal in talks to star back in February 2012, but we haven't heard anything about that project since then.

Antonio Banderas previously portrayed the legendary character for Sony in 1998's The Mask of Zorro and the 2005 sequel The Legend of Zorro.