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Friday 26 December 2014

Zorro to be Reborn in the future

Antonio Banderas starred in a number of earlier Zorro films
Antonio Banderas starred in a number of earlier Zorro films

Antonio Banderas' swashbuckling hero Zorro is to be rebooted in a new futuristic sequel.

A new instalment of the adventure movie called Zorro Reborn is being developed at Fox, which sees the masked swordsman taken from his historical Californian setting and transported into a post-apocalyptic future, The LA Times 24 Frames blog reports.

The film will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a previsualisation specialist who worked on a number of blockbusters including X-Men, Matrix and the Chronicles of Narnia trilogy, but a new young actor is expected to be cast in the lead role as Zorro.

Zorro Reborn has been written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the screenwriters behind the Dracula reboot Harker.

Zorro was created by pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley and inspired television series, comics, and most famously a series of films starring Douglas Fairbank in the 1920s and the movies starring Banderas.

The Spanish actor starred in The Mask of Zorro in 1998, alongside Anthony Hopkins, who played an ageing Don Diego de la Vega who trained Banderas' character to become the new Zorro.

Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played Zorro's wife, Elena, followed both reprised their roles in the 2005 sequel The Legend of Zorro, which like the first was set in 19th century California.

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