About a year ago we reported on Zorro Reborn, Fox's reboot of the Zorro franchise, be set in a post-apocalyptic future. That premise was...intriguing? However, more reassuring is the studio's choice of lead actor to play the iconic Spanish hero: Gael Garcia Bernal, the star of such films as Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También.
Bernal is a talented actor, to say the least, and has proven himself a capable leading man. There are few known details about the film's plot, beyond the futuristic setting. Variety reports that it won't be set in California or Mexico - which would make sense, considering that if the movie is set in the future it would negate the whole Spanish Colonial period context of the Zorro mythos.
An LA Times quote from last year described this incarnation of Zorro 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’.” Bringing that tale (and narrative tone) to life are Glenn Gers (Fracture) and the writers of the upcoming Dracula re-imagining Harker, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. At the very least, the trio are all experienced with writing films of a darker tone. However, their ability to craft a smart Western in the vein of Sergio Leone or Cormac McCarthy remains to be seen.
We'll keep you posted on the development of Zorro Reborn.