‘Zorro Reborn’ May Be Directed by ‘Raven’ Filmmaker

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 9:07 am,

Fox’s plans to produce a post-apocalyptic spin on the masked vigilante Zorro, titled Zorro Reborn, has prompted a lot of eyebrow raising and/or eye rolling so far. That immediate skepticism subsided somewhat a few weeks back, when acclaimed character actor Gael Garcia Bernal was tapped to portray a futuristic version of the eponymous warrior.

Today we can report on another interesting development in the Zorro reboot’s journey to the big screen: the current front-runner to direct the feature is Peruvian filmmaker Ricardo de Montreuil, a fellow who gained a lot of notice around Tinseltown thanks to his 2010 short titled “The Raven.”

Variety says that Montreuil is slated to direct a screen test with Bernal (who the site refers to as the “likely star” of Zorro Reborn) but there is not yet an official deal in place for him to helm the actual movie. Assuming studio heads approve of what Montreuil and Bernal come up with, of course, that could change very quickly.

Montreuil has previously directed two feature-length, foreign-language films: the risque dramas La mujer de mi hermano and Máncora, the latter of which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. As mentioned before, Montreuil broke onto the Hollywood scene with “The Raven,” a 6-minute long sci-fi/thriller which Universal is now adapting into a full-length motion picture.

You can have a look at Montreuil’s original “Raven” short below:

Based on Montreuil’s work in “The Raven,” you can already start to see why Fox would consider him a prime candidate to direct a thrilling sci-fi variation on the Zorro mythos which plot-wise “has echoes of both Sergio Leone and ‘No Country for Old Men’” and takes place against a devastated futuristic backdrop. Montreuil’s experience crafting solid visual effects and action sequences, while constricted by a small budget, is only icing on the cake.

The most recent draft of the Zorro Reborn script was likewise penned by up-and-coming talent, in the forms of Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, the screenwriters behind the upcoming Dracula re-imagining, Harker. Similar to Montreuil, the pair stand to better prove their worth as cinematic storytellers on this new project – the trio’s involvement alone is reason enough to remain interested in seeing what comes of all this Zorro franchise rebooting business (for now).

Expect to hear more about Zorro Reborn in the upcoming months.


Source: Variety

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  1. Zorro is another of those time pieces about the old west so to speak. To make it about some sword welding hero in a post-apocalyptic setting just seems silly at best

  2. Did we learning nothing from “Zorro, The Gay Blade?” How ’bout “Dracula 2000?” The last two “Three Musketeers” movies? Somebody…? Anybody…?

    I wouldn’t waste a dollar renting a piece of ish like this if a Redbox machine spotted me the first three quarters!

    If you’re not going to do it right (i.e. “The Mask of Zorro”), leave it be.

  3. I wouldnt trust any show put out by FOXtv to last long before they pull it without cause or provocation.

  4. The New Zorro Should Be Enzo Zelocchi and Not Gael Garcia Bernal.

    The film Zorro or the story itself has been the subject of many.
    children’s imagination since the original writing by Johnston McCulley.
    in 1919. There has since been many TV and movie appearances of Zorro.
    since the original writings were released and now Fox Studios is going.
    to be reproducing a 21st century version of the masked bandit hero, but.
    the issue remains of who take the starring role. Some say that Gael.
    Garcia should be the one to take the starring role for marketing.
    reasons, but with the more recent accomplishments of Enzo Zelocchi it is.
    a sure bet that he should be the one to get the starring role and he.
    will for sure make the better choice when it comes to the masked bandit.
    who is Zorro.

    Why Enzo Zelocchi Should Be Zorro.

    The company that will take on the role of production for Fox Studios.
    will be Sobini Films and it is likely that they will choose Enzo.
    Zelocchi for the lead role in the modern take of Zorro, Zorro Reborn.
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    of his more recent accomplishments and talent that have put his name at.
    the top of the list for many of the major Hollywood production.
    companies. He has not only shown his ability to act and take on any role.
    that has come to him, but he has well shown an expertise and natural.
    talent that few have when it comes to production and writing of films.
    and the theatre with his recent success with My Little Princess in which.
    he not only starred in he wrote, directed and produced. It also shows.
    his ability to take on a role that is light-hearted as well as.
    emotional. It shows his ability to adapt to the roles that are given. He
    will as well be a fresh face for the character of Zorro and portray the.
    look of Zorro well.

    When Will Sobini Films Start Production.

    At the current moment Sobini Films is still in the production stage.
    of the process of making Zorro. This means that they are still casting.
    and deciding on the leading roles, but Enzo Zelocchi fans can rest.
    assured that Enzo is at the top of the list for many of the Hollywood.
    production companies and he will be a first pick when it comes to the.
    lead role as Zorro in Zorro Reborn. We hope to see Enzo as Zorro in.
    theatres in the coming year when Fox Studios finally releases the.
    finished production.