A new deal has been made between CBS Television Studios and Propagate, which is led by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. This is a first look production deal that covers scripted projects from Propagate as well as subsidiaries Electus and Big Breakfast, across all platforms. Under this deal Propagate has already began to develop several new shows including the return of a classic character.
According to Deadline, Propagate is developing a re-imagining of Zorro, but with a female lead. This series is being written and executive produced by Alfredo Barrios Jr. and it will be a modern day retelling of the Zorro mythology. This will follow Z, who is a female descendant of the warrior bloodline who will go to great lengths to protect the defenseless in her community. The rest of the details are currently under wraps.
The classic fictional character was created by American pulp writer John McCulley back in 1919. It’s set in the then pueblo of Los Angeles during the era of Spanish California somewhere between 1796 and 1821. Although there have been several versions of the character, the one that most people remember would be the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro that was released back in 1998 that was directed by Martin Campbell and starred Antonio Banderas as lead along with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Suart Wilson. It did well enough to have a sequel made in 2005 titled The Legend of Zorro that was not as well received.
It will be interesting to see how this series develops. Not sure how a modern day Zorro would work as I think that part of his mystique has to do with the time period that a lot of his stories take place. Also I wonder who they have in mind to cast for the lead role. Are you interested in seeing a modern day female version of Zorro? Let us know in the comment section below!
Currently there is no word on the release date for the Zorro series.
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