Zorro Beyond Thunderdome?

A reboot called “Zorro Reborn” is in the works at Fox that will put the swashbuckler in a post-apocalyptic world, says The LA Times.

A reboot titled “Zorro Reborn” is being developed at Fox that will remove the character from his historical California or Mexico setting.

Unlike many of the previous Zorros (real name: Don Diego de la Vega) brandishing whips and swords, the hero of the new installment will live in the future — specifically a desolate and post-apocalyptic one, according to a person familiar with the film who asked not to be identified. A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment.

In this version, Zorro will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge, in a western story that has echoes of both Sergio Leone and “No Country for Old Men.”

I think this is just silly. If you remove everything that makes iconic Zorro “Zorro,” it isn’t really Zorro. It would be like making a Star Trek reboot, but putting Kirk on a Spanish Galleon in the 16th Century. For me, it just sounds like a bad joke. Maybe the idea of Zorro would make a great Mad Max film, but should it still be called, “Zorro?” Or would it be better served just renaming the character, as well?

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