Zorro is coming back. You younger readers are forgiven if you don't know what that means. Zorro is a masked, black-clad vigilante hero who always leaves his signature "Z" mark with three quick slashes of his rapier. He was born in 1919 as a pulp-fiction hero, although the character has been portrayed since then in everything from TV series and movies to comics and video games. Antonio Banderas is the most recent actor to have played the outlaw in a film, the 2005 sequel The Legend of Zorro.
Now there's a plan to bring Zorro back. Er ... sort of. There's no connection with the two Banderas-starring movies. Instead, this Zorro will spin the clock forward to sometime after the world has ended. That's right: Zorro's going post-apocalyptic!!!
It's okay to be speechless, really.
Zorro Reborn, which is in "early development" at Fox, picks up in a "desolate and post-apocalyptic" future, The Los Angeles Times reports. The article notes that the character will now be "less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge." It's a Western-style story, one that reportedly nods to Sergio Leone and No Country for Old Men.
Set to direct is Rpin Suwannath, a first-timer who has plenty of blockbuster experience as a pre-visualization specialist on films like The Matrix and X-Men. The script will come from Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, who also have the Dracula reboot Harker set up at Warner Bros. The LA Times notes that the new Zorro "is expected to provide a juicy role for a young actor."
Go ahead and share your expressions of shock and bemusement in the comments section below. Hopefully they outfit future Zorro with a ray gun that burns a Z-shaped hole into people's chests. Or, even better, right through them! That'll get me to see it.