New writer hired for Sony's Zorro reboot

News Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 07:07

Sony wants a gritter Zorro in the style of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies. And it's hired a new writer for the reboot...

Sony is continuing with its quest to reboot the Zorro movie franchise, and it's hired a new writer to help it with its latest masked endeavour.

Chris Boal, a playwright who's turning his hand to screenwriting, has been hired to take over a previous draft of the new Zorro film. A script has already been written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and it's unclear whether Boal will be starting afresh, or working with the earlier draft.

We do know that the earlier script was based on a mock biography of Zorro, that was written be Isabel Allende.

According to reports, the plan for the new Zorro is - you probably could have guessed this - to go darker and gritter, with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies being used as inspiration there.

More on the new Zorro as we hear it...


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Not everything needs to be dark and gritty. To me, that doesn't seem like the way to go with Zorro. What's wrong with a bit of swashbuckling fun?

Awesome, another reboot

'The Mask of Zorro' was spot on, It really doesn't need to get more dark and gritty than that movie.

I'm asking this out of true ignorance, is it 'gritter' or 'grittier'? Or would 'more gritty' be more appropriate? I realize this is a site based in the UK and I always find subtle word usage differences interesting. Thanks.

That's irony since Batman inspired by Zorro!!

It's grittier. I assume 'gritter' is a typo.

The Banderas Zorro was fine. OK, so the second movie was ropey - but that was due to an awful story. Give Martin Campbell and Antonio another crack of the whip, perhaps handing over to another Zorro at the end of the movie. If we really must "reboot" this with a new lead actor - how about keeping that in-universe as per "Mask of Zorro"?

Why do they know have a squiz at the excellent novel - Zorro - by Isabel Allende. It is a great origin, and is so much more than just a swashbuckling adventure.

I thought that was the case, but it was there twice so I thought maybe it was intentional at that point.

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