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[Movies] Chris Boal Hired to Rewrite Zorro Movie Reboot for Columbia Pictures
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.06.2014



Deadline reports that Columbua Pictures has hired Chris Boal to rewrite their Zorro reboot script. The previous draft was written by Matthew Federman and Stephan Scaia, based on a 2005 Isabel Allende novel.

Allende's novel served as a mock biography for the fictional character of Zorro. Below is an official synopsis for the book:

A swashbuckling adventure story, "Zorro" reveals the history behind the legendary masked man.

Born in Southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. From his father, Diego receives lessons in the art of fencing and in cattle branding; from his maternal grandmother, White Owl, he learns the ways of her tribe. As a child he also witnesses the brutal injustices dealt Native Americans by European settlers and begins to feel the inner conflict of his dual heritage.

At the age of sixteen, Diego is sent to Barcelona to be educated. Spain is chafing under the corruption of Napoleonic rule, and Diego, following the example of his celebrated fencing master, joins La Justicia, a secret underground resistance movement devoted to helping the powerless and the poor. With this tumultuous period as a backdrop, Diego falls in love, saves the persecuted, and confronts a great rival who emerges from the world of privilege. After many adventures—duels at dawn, fierce battles with pirates at sea, and daring rescues—Diego de la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro, returns to America to reclaim the hacienda where he was raised and to seek justice for all who cannot fight for it themselves.

Deadline likens the new approach to the iconic character to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, claiming that the new Zorro will feature, "a new backstory, gritty realism and [an] emotional core."


Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes are attached to produce the reboot with Lauren Abrahams and Marc Resteghini overseeing the film for Sony and Parkes/MacDonald, respectively.





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