11:04am PT by Borys Kit
Jonas Cuaron to Write, Direct Futuristic Zorro Tale 'Z'
Jonas Cuaron, the son of filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron who made his directorial debut with immigration thriller Desierto, has signed on to direct Z, a futuristic take on the Zorro tale.
Lantica Media and Sobini Films are behind the movie.
Lantica, the media company led by CEO Antonio Gennari that works in production and financing as well as studio space, will finance the movie with a plan to begin principal photography this summer in Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.
Veteran producer and Sobini CEO Mark Amin, whose credits include Good Kill and Frida, will produce the film.
Lantica was initially reworking the long-gestating Zorro Reborn, a postapocalyptic take on the myth of Zorro, the pulp hero created in 1919. But Cuaron is said to be starting from scratch and writing a new take on the material. Sources say it will no longer be post-apocalyptic but set in the near future.
The traditional stories cast Zorro as a hero of peasants and farmers who fought against corrupt and brutal officials of Spanish-held California. Z is set in the near future but retains the conceit of a masked, caped stranger taking on tyrants.
Cuaron co-wrote and directed Desierto, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The movie won the International Critics’ Award at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and is slated for release this spring by STX. He also co-wrote Gravity with his father.