Fresh off of his thriller Desierto, Jonas Cuaron has been tapped to direct the long-gesting Z. A Zorro tell set in the near-future within a post-apocalyptic environment, Z has been in the works for quite awhile. It was previously set up at Fox under the title “Zorro Reborn” and had actor Gael Garcia Bernal attached to star for years. That iteration of the project ultimately collapsed, but Sobini Films and Lantica Media snapped it up out of development hell last summer.
Accordingly to deadline, production is set to begin this summer ahead of a 2017 release. There’s no word at this time in terms of writers or a star, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Cuaron pulls Gael Garcia Bernal back into the fold. Bernal starred alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Alondra Hildago in Cuaron’s directorial debut, the aforementioned Desierto, which hits theaters in limited release on March 4th after a festival run last year. If you’re eyeballing his last name, yes, Jonas is related to filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Gravity). Jonas is Alfonso’s son and co-wrote Gravity with his father. Alfonso, along with his brother Carlos, produced Desierto.
I’m absolutely down for a new Zorro film. While I would prefer to get a continuation of the Banderas films (especially since Legend of Zorro shouldn’t be the note that series ends on) or the oft-rumored adaptation of the “Django & Zorro” comic book spin-off of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, I’ll take what I can get. The post-apocalyptic premise has me a little worried we might be in for a grimdark outing with the popular hero, but the talent now involved is assuaging my fears a bit. For now, I’ll hope for the best.
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