A Zorro Reboot With A Female Masked Avenger Is In The Pipeline

She'll brand her enemies with the sword of Zorro!

Fans of the Zorro mythology will be delighted to hear that a reworking of the adventures of the famous masked avenger is currently in the pipeline, with a series project led by Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Magnum P.I.) for NBC. The project comes as part of a new deal signed between CBS Studios and the production company Propagate, run by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. 

The series will be set in the present day and is described as a "modern-day retelling of the Zorro mythology that follows Z, a female descendant of the warrior bloodline" who sets out to protect her community. 

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Very little information has been released so far about the series, which will build on the legacy of Don Diego de la Vega and the mythology of the avenger who fights injustice in Los Angeles, astride his trusty steed, Tornado. The character was created in 1919 by Johnston McCulley, a history lover and former reporter who wrote hundreds of stories about his beloved creation. His pulp fiction novels went on to inspire dozens of films, one of the most recent of which was The Mask of Zorro (1998) by Martin Campbell starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

The avenger, who seeks to free his compatriots from Spanish colonialism and corruption, has become quite a franchise. He's featured in comics, video games and other TV series, the most popular of which remains the 1950s series starring Guy Williams. This won't be the first time a film or series set in the Zorro universe stars a female character: the film Zorro’s Black Whip already did so in 1944. 

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Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Marion Olité, published on 07/11/2019

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