'Zorro Reborn' Takes Zorro to Future, Abandons All Characteristics That Define Zorro

April 27, 2011

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Zorro has been portrayed and portrayed again so many times--appearing in books, comics, radio, video games, on television, and in over 40 films, not to mention parodies and battery commercials--that at this point, you'd think it would be pretty hard for even modern Hollywood to create a version that could, immediately upon its conception, definitively become the dumbest possible execution of the character. Yet, with just the kind of apparent effortlessness you'd expect from men credited with writing an upcoming reboot of Dracula, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy have done it, inventing a new take Zorro that goes off in an outrageously idiotic direction that makes the Wachowskis' Will Smith-starring "modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth" seem perfectly reasonable.

Daring to take the icon to a bleaker future than Zorro: Generation Z ever imagined, their script--which bears the eye-rolling title Zorro Reborn--reportedly transplants Zorro from his traditional Mexican/Californian locales and into a dreary post-apocalyptic wasteland. And you know how Zorro is a swashbuckling hero? Not anymore! This Zorro is being described as "less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men," which is exactly the description I'd give, too, if I was playing the pitch guy in a biting satire of Hollywood.

Vowel-starved previsualization effects artist Rpin Suwannath is already attached to direct, and, in a sad truth, the film "is expected to provide a juicy lead role for a young actor," though a source close to the project warned that it's early in development. There's still time, and depressingly ever-increasing likelihood, for this to be re-written so that Zorro is carving his "Z" into zombie skulls.

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