Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Jonás Cuarón set for Zorro movie Z

Having written Gravity (2013) with his father Alfonso, Jonás Cuarón turned co-writer and director himself for immigration tale Desierto (2015). Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he has scored the chance to bring something that has been in the development wilderness for years to the screen – a futuristic take on the Zorro story.

Once known as Zorro Reborn, the film is now simply titled Z. Not much has escaped about the plot, but we do know it will recast the struggle against corrupt officials and landowners in Spanish held California into a near future story of the main man taking on tyrants. Given the biggest economic scandals at the moment, the concept is clearly still relevant.

20th Century Fox tried to get this one set up, but Lantica Media and Sobini Films have had the rights for a while now and have secured both financing and studio space, with a production plan for this summer at Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios. Back when Fox had the project, there was talk of Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros) eyeing the role, but nothing more transpired. Still, Bernal starred in Desierto, so perhaps he might actually be considering the mask and cape after all. As always, watch this space.

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