Zorro is one of the most iconic characters in the American entertainment canon. Most notably, the character has raked in over $375 million at the worldwide box office. Finally, after a long absence from the spotlight, it appears the character is about to return to the forefront. As first reported by Deadline, a new Zorro series is in the works at NBC in collaboration with CBS Studios and Universal Television.
The series is assembling an incredible creative team as well with Rebecca Rodriguez (Spy Kids) leading the charge. The filmmaker will direct the series along with penning the screenplay. Additionally, the series will feature a female lead this time around, unlike previous incarnations of the character. The contemporary version will follow Sola Dominguez. An underground artist, Dominguez fights against social injustice. When several different criminal syndicates threaten her life, the new Zorro works to expose each and every one of them.
Additionally, Rebecca Rodriguez will produce the series alongside her brother, director Robert Rodriguez. Moreover, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara will serve as the project’s executive producer via her LatinWe Productions banner. Greg Lipstone and Jay Weisleder will produce the series for Propagate Content in one of the first projects from the company’s first-look deal with CBS Studios.
Created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley, Zorro is a dashing masked vigilante who defends the citizens and indigenous peoples of California against corrupt and tyrannical officials. Additionally, his signature all-black costume features a now-iconic white mask that covers half his face. Real name Don Diego de la Vega, is a skilled swordsman and charismatic enigma. Moreover, no fewer than 15 actors have portrayed the character in the last 100 years. Famously, Antonio Banderas donned the mask in 1998’s The Mask of Zorro and 2005’s The Legend of Zorro. Up next, Quentin Tarantino is looking to create a live-action adaptation of the Zorro/Django crossover comic he penned back in 2015.
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