Antonio Banderas in Mask of Zorro

Given the pace at which old properties are being revived these days, the only surprising thing about Sony’s planned Zorro reboot is that it’s taking them this long. But it’s better late than never, and now the project is gaining some serious steam.

The studio has just signed playwright and screenwriter Chris Boal to pen the script. The new movie is described as being in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, because of course it is. More details after the jump.

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Domain registration is such a wonderful source of information. Titles of films are revealed months ahead of schedule because studios need to make sure they own the URL’s for their upcoming films and all the information is out there for the taking. In the last week alone, we’ve gotten hints at the titles of the new James Bond film as well as a possible Doctor Strange movie because Sony and Disney were caught registering a bunch of domains.

Sony’s at it again, registering over twenty Zorro themed URL’s presumably in anticipation of their recently announced origin story, an adaptation of the 2005 novel Zorro by Isabel Allende with a screenplay Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia. If the URL’s are true, the studio is deciding between different iterations of three different titles: The Forging of Zorro, Zorro Begins or Zorro: The Legend Begins. Read more after the jump. Read More »

After two movies, Antonio Banderas can hang up his mask. Sony has just hired writers Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia to write an origin story reboot of Zorro based on a 2005 book by Isabel Allende. Blending fiction with actual historical events, the novel is written as a mock-biography telling how a young man raised in California moves to Spain and becomes the famous masked bandit. And though it seems like a pretty obvious take on the material, Zorro has never really had a true origin and at least it’s better than the “Zorro in the future” rumor that was floated earlier this year. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Zorro Heading to the Future in ‘Zorro Reborn’

Zorro has been making appearances in film for almost 100 years, but the most recent incarnation of the character played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins playing an aged Don Diego de la Vega handing off the mask to a misfit outlaw played by Antonio Banderas. That was of course The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell, who later followed up that film with the more family friendly The Legend of Zorro. The first film was moderately successful — enough, anyway, to get a sequel greenlit — but its follow-up barely even registered, either at the box office or with critics. At the time, it seemed like the character would be retired from movies, at least until a studio ran out of ideas and figured out a way to bring him back.

Only six years later, that time has come. Read More »

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