Zorro is back – the legendary masked vigilante returns in Zorro 2.0, a high-tech version of the daring classic.
Corresponding meeting, Alex Rivera will write and direct Zorro 2.0 – a modern reinterpretation of the classic Pulp hero.
“The film re-introduces the iconic character as Oscar de la Vega, a young, undocumented hacker named ‘z0rr0’,” reveals Deadline. And it looks like he’s using his skills to glue it to the man.
“While fighting against a secret government unit that attacked his mother, he discovers a high-tech conspiracy that threatens not just his family but the world.”
Zorro originally appeared in the works of Johnston McCulley via a number of pulp magazines from the 1910s to 1950s. Depicted as a masked vigilante group, Zorro is often portrayed in a black costume with a flowing cloak and a black mask. His signature weapon, the rapier, is used to leave his business card – a letter “Z” slit open with three quick blows.
It is not known whether Zorro 2.0 is based on the original or not.
“I’ve always been interested in films that address real-world problems through genres,” says Zorro 2.0 writer and director Alex Rivera. “This project is an opportunity to relate Zorro – the original masked avenger – to today’s border wars, a conflict in which immigrant families battle regimes of high-tech surveillance and state control.
“Zorro 2.0 will be a visually sublime, socially rooted science fiction movie theater, and I’m very excited to be working with Sobini to bring that vision to the big screen,” he added.
Of course, Zorro has already been brought to the big screen several times – most recently in The mask of Zorro (1998) and The legend of Zorro (2005) starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Sir Anthony Hopkins as the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, in the first film.
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