'Zorro' Reboot Adds Writer Chris Boal

The playwright and brother of 'The Hurt Locker' writer Mark Boal has come aboard to craft this dark and gritty version of the classic tale.

Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter and playwright Chris Boal, the brother of Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to write their Zorro reboot.

The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing for the studio, with the project said to be a high priority at Sony. 20th Century Fox had been developing their own Zorro-themed project entitled Zorro Reborn, which at one time had Gael García Bernal in talks to star back in February 2012, but we haven't heard anything about that project since then.

Antonio Banderas previously portrayed the legendary character for Sony in 1998's The Mask of Zorro and the 2005 sequel The Legend of Zorro.

Zorro is in development .



Sources: Deadline

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  1. Titanictom

    If A.B. & K.Z.J. Aren't In It Forget It!!!!!!!!!

    9 months agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. cvnt$top

    @TheObserver understood, f*ggot.

    9 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  3. TheObserver

    @cvntstop I was aiming for f*ckboy indeed.

    9 months agoby @TheObserverFlag

  4. cvnt$top

    @TheObserver Sorry i don't understand your intended tone. Now, whether you were being f*ckboy or not: I was just thowing my first thoughts on casting, idc what casting agencies do or dont, my friend.

    9 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  5. TheObserver

    @cvntstop I like how poeple throw obvious casting like that . With so much insight from the internet who needs casting agencies right !? =D

    10 months agoby @TheObserverFlag

  6. Writer220

    I liked the first one, second not so much. This might be a better idea in the long run and this time, make him a bit younger.

    10 months agoby @writer220Flag

  7. cvnt$top

    Edgar Ramirez for Zorro. Javier Bardem as the villain.

    10 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  8. cvnt$top

    Idk. Im just really tired of reboots.

    10 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  9. Talking-Dead

    Batman was inspired by Zorro...now Zorro inspired by Dark Knight

    10 months agoby @Talking-DeadFlag

  10. Sean

    Cool. I haven't seen the Zorro movies that Antonio Banderas starred in, in a quite a long time. I'm sure he likely won't be returning to play Zorro though.

    10 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I like Zorro, therefore I approve.

    10 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag