Chris Boal to Pen Zorro Reboot

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It seems every second news story is of a reboot, a re-imagining, a sequel or a straight up remake. Alas, I think we should all get used to it. Zorro is the latest franchise to get a reboot, with Sony Pictures locking in a writer to pen a rehash. Deadline is reporting that Chris Boal, brother of Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), is to write the screenplay for a “gritty” reboot of the swashbuckler. Parkes/MacDonald’s Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, Catch Me If You Can), who are also developing Sony’s reboot of Men In Black, are to produce the film.

The new film version will see the classic swashbuckler approach ditched in favour of “gritty realism” and an “emotional core”. The character’s focus on swordplay will be included, but this time it’ll be mixed with European martial arts, which combines swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles. Writer Boal was actually a competitive fencer before becoming a writer. Along with a whole new backstory, the character is said to have a “Dark Knight-style unveiling”.

This marks the first Zorro reboot since Martin Campbell’s The Mask of Zorro in 1998 and its sequel, The Legend of Zorro, in 2008. Both films starred Antonio Banderas as the titular character. Gael Garcia Bernal was supposed to star in a futuristic reboot being developed by 20th Century Fox, but that failed to get off the ground.

Source: Deadline