After languishing in development at 20th Century Fox for years, the post-apocalyptic project Zorro Reborn is moving forward once again, thanks to a new partnership with Lantica Media and Sobini Films. Lantica will provide the financing, with production to begin in March 2016 at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, with Mark Amin (Stonehearst Asylum) set to produce. Heat Vision Blog reports that the studios are currently searching for a filmmaker to take on this project.
Zorro Reborn was first in development at 20th Century Fox back in 2011, with pre-visualization specialist Rpin Suwannath then set to make his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who would go on to create the Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Gael García Bernal was in talks to star back in 2012, but a deal never materialized. Over the years, filmmakers such as Bryan Singer, Ricardo de Montreuil, Gary Whitta and Justin Marks were attached. Here's what producer Mark Amin had to say about the project moving foward.
"This has been a fifteen year journey filled with ups and downs but it has remained my passion project over the years."
The traditional Zorro stories follow the masked title character who fights corruption for peasants and farmers. This project is set in the near-future in a post-apocalyptic landscape, keeping the same theme in play of this mysterious hero taking on evil doers. Here's what Lantica CEO Antonio Gennari had to say in a statement.
"Every generation has its own Zorro hero and we're proud to be able to introduce a new Zorro to this generation."
Albert Martinez Martin is overseeing production for Lantica Pictures. Cami Winikoff and David W. Higgins will executive produce on behalf of Sobini. What do you think of Zorro Reborn moving forward? Do you think it has the potential to be a big box office hit? Or do you think it will be a huge flop? Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates.