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Are They Remaking Zorro

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Danielle Fletcher
• Wednesday, 28 October, 2020
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While there hasn't been much movement on Jonas Charon's Zorro reboot, currently titled simply Z, it was reported last month that Keirsey Clemons (Dope) has come aboard for an unspecified role. She will star alongside Gael Garcia Vernal, who has been attached to play the title character since May 2016, with last month's report claiming that production will begin in June, with Dandelion selling international rights at the European Film Market.

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The most interesting part of this character is that she named herself “ZEE,” in honor of the iconic hero Zorro she grew up idolizing. Vernal's character and ZEE, who has proven herself to have great leadership skills, will both team up to take down a corrupt corporation known as M-Corp. Sources claim that Vernal's character is named Emiliano Garza, and he is not referred to by Zorro's traditional alter-ego, Diego de la Vega.

In 1998's The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Band eras' character Alejandro Marietta is trained by Anthony Hopkins' Don Diego de la Vega, to become the next Zorro, so this tradition of passing down the sword and mask has been established before. It will feature Sold Dominguez, a female social justice warrior who takes on the masked personae of Zorro to face local gangsters who threaten her life after she exposes them, according to Deadline.

The film will be produced by Rodriguez and Modern Family star Sofia Verger’s Latin production group in cooperation with Universal TV. A recent example was the box office bomb Ghostbusters, which starred an all-female cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wing, Kate MacKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

Tim Bay singer | November 5, 2019 @ 12:37 PM Last Updated: November 5, 2019 @ 12:50 PM CBS TV Studios is in development on a female-led reboot of Zorro as part of a first-look deal with Propagate, the production company run by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. The first-look agreement covers scripted projects from Propagate as well as its subsidiaries Elects and Big Breakfast, across all platforms.

It is described as a modern-day retelling of the Zorro mythology that follows Z, a female descendant of warrior bloodline, who will go to great lengths to protect the defenseless in her community. It has been nine years since Antonio Band eras last sported the stylish facial hair of playboy Don Alejandro de la Vega and, more significantly, the black mask of the caped Mexican hero Zorro, so by Hollywood standards we are looooooooong overdue for a brand-new version that tells the same exact story.

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I’m told that the ambition of the movie is less traditional swashbuckler, and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. What’s hilarious about this is that when Bob Kane first created Batman way back in the old people days, he openly admitted that he was inspired by the story of Zorro.

The Look: Amazon’s romantic interpretation of the two Zorro relies as much on virile-looking suede trousers and tall leather boots as it does on the many influences in early 19th century Alta California, home to Russian, French, English, American Indian and Spanish cultures. 2 with a rakish, flat, Spanish-style hat, tall, unadorned black boots and soft leather mask.

Young Zorro, Murrieta, is conspicuous for his flashier Californio style--part Spanish, part Mexican--with a mask made from a fringed rebozo tied around his face with holes for his eyes, a thick silver-studded leather belt, embroidered cape, tooled leather boots and a gold-embroidered hat. You Should Know: All the costumes were made in Mexico using craftsmen from around the country for embroidery and leather tooling, as well as specialists in silver (for buttons, chains and studs), jewelry, hats and boots.

One standout is a blue silk taffeta dress embroidered with pink and red carnations, a typical Spanish motif of the period. Trivia: The sexy duel in which Elena loses her dress, corset and camisole to Murrieta’s sword was not done through computer imaging.

The garments were cut beforehand, gently taped back together and then stitched over with clear plastic thread. Off camera, Amazon and two special effects people pulled the threads, and the clothes dropped to the ground.

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Zorro Considering that the first one was absolutely terrific in delivering top-notch action and delivering a solid story, this sequel is surprisingly average. This sequel is at times silly and really doesn't live up to the original.

The kid annoyed me, and he was probably written into the script to give the film a “needed” edge that almost every sequel needs, a kid that gets himself into a shitload of trouble for the sake of putting the main characters at risk. This is too bad, because The Legend Of Zorro could have been something truly terrific, but the end results is that of a strained sequel that tries to overdue its predecessor.

Strengths of the movie include admirable performing by the Alejandro and Elena stars. The stunt work was fairly good, though some was a bit over-the-top and not particularly believable.

Solid family adventure film If you don't like Saturday morning cartoons, children's adventure movies, and silly fun, then don't bother seeing this film. The filmmakers take major liberties with history, human behavior, and the laws of physics, but it really doesn't matter.

They wanted to make a flamboyant PG-rated kids' movie and succeeded. The characters all behave pretty much the way they do in kids' movies, and the cast is obviously having far too much fun.

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That movie took much (though not everything) of the best of the various Zorro films, serials, and series and then stole from other sources (such as Dumas 'Monte Crisco', etc) to concoct a sexy, swashbuckling action adventure that had great pacing and strengths, with high production values and actors. Mr. Campbell and those high standards at last return to the story begun, and we now follow our heroes and their son as California fights to join a struggling Union.

Zorro's character is not quite so impulsive and cool as he once was, but simply comfortable and ultra-capable, while his wife Elena complains that the man behind the mask knows not who their son is growing up to be. None of these character 'upgrades' felt wrong to me; it was natural extensions of them from the first film, despite how adventurous Elena claims to still be (and for the most part isn't), but it does make the first act of this movie a bit tiresome after the initial (awesome) action sequence.

This time, though, as the story and its many plot-points begin to move, the writers borrow heavily from Hitchcock to keep things interesting. It doesn't always work, as there's a lot going on but never QUITE coming perfectly, cohesively together, but ultimately it makes sense and spins a good yarn for the fighting to take over.

The sword fights are fewer and more far-between than I would have liked, sometimes degrading to fisticuffs instead of proper dicing, but then the explosions almost make up for it all. The villains are good, if never entirely fleshed out, and the themes are handled well.

Formulaic, but reminiscent of old style westerns -- with a Latino cast I liked the film. You aren't going to get a more aesthetic movie than this: the actors (wow, Antonio and Catherine Zeta both in the same movie -- Angelina & Brad, eat your hearts out -- no contest! ), the costumes, the lighting, the villa and towns capes, and the sheer beauty of the location, day and night.

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Antonio looks a little more “mature” than I've seen him in a while, but he's no less smoldering and charming on the screen. Child stars usually make me gag, but this kid has genuine talent, and the person(s) filming and editing have admirably captured it.

The main bad guy (the one with the mansion) is intriguing as well. The other villain is, plain and simple, unidimensional, which is typical of adventure type movies.

It's not an Oscar quality film, but it could make for a fun night at the movies Antonio Band eras is back under the mask of Zorro, the 19th Century swashbuckler who must face another dangerous mission, although he promised his wife Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) that he'd give up his life of adventure for a quiet family life as Alejandro de la Vega. But those who opposed California becoming a state in the Union are planning a new threat that might change their plans. The Mask Of Zorro was a pretty good film.

Martin Campbell knows how to direct action, and he made this film very entertaining to watch. Antonio Band eras takes the role of Zorro again, and he does a good job.

Catherine Zeta Jones returns as Elena, and she also does a pretty good job. The new addition to the cast and the person who almost ruined the film is Adrian Alonso.

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Many people are complaining that the new rating kills the film and I disagree. The fight scenes are tamer and safer when compared to the original.

However, if you want something in the vein of National Treasure, a safe family action film, then this sequel is for you and it can really be enjoyed by adults too. It can't be too much of a chic flick and I don't want to see something too violent.

It isn't easy to find a movie with some action (Dad) some romance (Mom) and some comedy (both). I can't specifically recall any profanity (that doesn't mean there wasn't). This movie was definitely not a waste of a babysitter.

It was also nice and long for those of us with a longer attention span who want a more developed plot. When I just was taking for granted that action films nowadays were about car, motorcycle and boat chases with ultra modern weapons, I went to see “The Legend of Zorro and I had a great feeling.

The fact that Zorro has his wife and son helping him in the fights adds more interest to the story, which is about the time when California was going to become a state and just before the civil war. When I read reviews about this film they were not so great, so I wonder what those critics were expecting.

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It seems there is a tendency to judge all films by the parameters you would apply to an Ingram Bergman. The Legend of Zorro has great action, if you like this kind of film don't miss it and don't pay attention to the critics.

2 thumbs up I was looking forward to this movie for months and personally I loved it. I loved Elena's role as Zorro's partner as well as wife.

The mini-me Zorro son was fine with me also and got lots of laughs from the audience. Good villains and great scenery from San Luis Potosí in Mexico.

While some plot may seem unbelievable you must suspend belief and just sit back for a good time. This time he has to manage his family life and the profession he has chosen, which is to rid of evil in the west.

A good action packed movie, but this one doesn't live up to the expectations of the first one. Instead, this does pull of a few good action sequences, good stunts and good acting. The Swashbuckling hero, Zorro (Antonio Band eras)comes out with great comic sense, he does his expressions and action in a very cool way.

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His wife Elena(Catherine Zeta-Jones)is very feisty and puts a good life against her husband. The stunts are spectacular and a must-see, mixed with the action sequences.

Not great, but enjoyable sequel Just saw this at an Advanced Screening the other day and must admit I was not particularly looking forward to it. I loved its tongue in cheek dampness, its fun and exciting action scenes, and Anthony Hopkins. Thankfully LOZ has 2 out of the 3 (no Anthony Hopkins for obvious reasons) and while the film has clearly been dubbed down and made more “family friendly” as with all mainstream Hollywood sequels, it still has Band eras and Zeta Jones clearly having fun with it.

True, some CGI looks a bit naff, and there is a terribly unnecessary scene with a horse which made me laugh just because I would have cried because of the terrible effect, but the action scenes are action packed and use a fairly minimal amount of it. At the end of the day fans of the original Zorro film will probably enjoy this, as long as they don't expect it to be anything other than a fun popcorn sequel.

Skip this and watch the Mask of Zorro on DVD I enjoyed the last movie, but was sorely disappointed by this film. While some may enjoy the idea of a 10-year-old boy in fight sequences, I thought it was silly.

There was just enough violence to ruin the movie for younger children (one child in the theater started crying). Anthony Hopkins lent the lat movie a touch of class that is lacking in this film.

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Well-balanced in action and humor, it brought back everything I loved about the first one in spades. Antonio Band eras and Catherine Zeta-Jones return to their characters in top form, with a storyline that maintains the screw-tightening suspense that a good cliffhanger should offer.

The producers revisited the Mexican locales where Mask of Zorro was shot, giving its successor a fresh and vibrant palette of continuity. The stunt and action sequences are framed with thrilling cinematography that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Finally, James Corner's phenomenal score kept the fire burning, and left me on an adrenaline high as the closing credits rolled. Usually when paid critics give movies bad reviews, it means they're pretty good. I was right.

The action kept the movie going, the story was interesting, comedy kept things light, the violence wasn't gratuitous, the swearing was minimal and tame at best, and the sexual gratuity was non-existent (Which proves that if you need gratuitous sex/violence and foul language, its only because you need to use it to hide all the stuff your movie lacks- like plot, acting ability, and good directing.) But this movie had excellent acting, a good storyline and lots of action to fall back on.

There were some scenes that just kind of dragged on a bit, but for the most part, those complaints are extremely minor. I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves action, romance and good laughs.

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Don't listen to the “paid” critics who have been giving this movie poor reviews. They have combined Civil War (1861-1865) with California becoming a state--that never happened.

California was a state way before the Civil War was a reality. They even have the wrong American flag when they signed the paper making California a state.

There are so many mistakes that make this movie a total complete fiasco. He and his wife undergo a divorce and here reality takes a complete leap into believability.

Divorced, his wife works for the Pinkerton's as an undercover agent for the U.S. government. Zorro exposes the nefarious plot, saves the day, and helps California to become a state.

This is a stupid film This is without doubt one of the most awful piles of crap I have had the misfortune to watch in many years. We start off with a 2 dimensional baddie trying to scupper a democratic vote.

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Of course less than 100 years before these ludicrous events the French were very much the allies of the fledgling US but, never mind. Of course Democracy wins and the 'Old Europe' (to use Donnie R's phrase) baddies are defeated.

The film is filled with ridiculous sequences that will make you roll your eyes, simply because they try to be funny but aren't in any way. I doubt that anyone with an IQ above 50 will laugh at Zorro's horse Tornado smoking pipe and drinking booze.

I used to think that 'hot to trot', featuring bobcat goldthwait and a horse was the worst movie, but I was wrong. Antonio never had any cred, especially after original sin where he tarnished Angie's good name, but this is new low in film-making poppycock.

It was the worst I have seen Rufus Sewell act and his accent wandered between Mexican, American and what sounded like French at one point! There was one good thing about the movie was the fact that they have one of the hottest actresses ever playing one of the lead roles which makes it a 1/10 instead of a 0/10. I believe that this movie was just another remake of the story of Zorro that we all know.

Do yourself a favor and stay in or if you do go to the movies try something quite better like Saw 2 or HP which comes out this Friday :D. Horrible to say the least I cannot believe how there are so many decent reviews given to this movie on IMDb.

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Every scene is so clichéd that it took me 4 nights to finish this movie, I watched in parts of 20-30 minutes... Highly predictable, uninspiring storyline, lock stock and barrel stereotype characters, poor dialog, over the top laughable stunt scenes... I could go on forever, but I can't waste more time with this movie.

Now I mentioned that the filmmakers should have moved the film's setting from 1850 to 1861. The current film makes it clear that the Civil War is years away, but I would set this film at the start of the Civil War--1861--for the following reasons.

Here Alejandro is still somewhat middle-aged, and moving the story 21 years ahead makes his age a much more relevant issue. I understand that the filmmakers didn't want to feature Joaquin taking over as Zorro at the end of LOZ because they wanted Band eras and Zeta-Jones to come back for a third film.

3) The 1861 setting brings another event into play, which could have been the film's plot instead. In the early 1860s France, along with the Roman Catholic clergy, backed the ascension of Archduke Maximilian of Austria to the title of Emperor of Mexico.

Now they could have taken part of the plot--the manufacture of the explosive--and have that be part of France's oppression of the Mexican people, with France having future plans to take California (a rehash of the first film's plot). 4) The time change would eliminate the historical inaccuracies question that plagues LOZ.

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Why is Abraham Lincoln, here a lawyer sent to be a witness to the statehood ceremony, in this movie? The statehood part would be gone, but any presence of Lincoln now makes more sense, seeing as he was President at this time, and I'm sure the Pinkerton's existed by this point.

“The Legend of Zorro met my expectations for a sequel, though did not surpass them. This is meant to be fun escapism, set in a beautiful 1850s California, starring actors who clearly are having a fun time, filled with sword fights, evil villains, great chases, and a clever story.

Then there's also the unnecessary 'save America' bit which just seems to be a necessary formula for all Hollywood superhero films. In a way it does stay true to the first movie as this time we see both Elena and their son Joaquin fight by Zorro, but it lacks the heart, the natural humor, the energy and passion of the wonderful prequel.

Direction isn't completely up to the mark as some scenes seem to have been cluelessly shot. But on a more positive note, 'The Legend of Zorro was entertaining to an extent, just don't expect anything fantastic that you'd take away with you long after the film's concluded.

You cannot watch this film without thinking about Mask of Zorro and recalling just how much more fun it was and, at the same time, how well everything was pulled off. Now I know there are a lot of people who never saw Legend's prequel, but even if you did, this one's not worth seeing. The action is cheesy and the camera has trouble focusing on it to make it interesting.

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The plot line is slightly intriguing, but the juvenile way in which the story is written forces you to accept that the movie's not going to try any harder to recognize your intelligence- the movie even gives its key plot twist away before it means to, which kind of ruined it for me. Even Antonio Band eras and Catherine Zeta-Jones, both of which were very good in the first film, seemed forced and hammy in Legend.

See, this is the kind of movie that you wouldn't really mind watching on an airplane where you don't have much to do anyway, and you don't have to spend any money for it.

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