It turns out that Zorros are like buses these days. After waiting years for a new version of the character, it looks like Disney’s relaunch of the 50’s Zorro series is about to get direct competition at The CW. The network that is home to several DC projects and many young audiences who attract properties are developing their gender-swapped version of Zorro with the help of Robert and Rebecca Rodriguez. The women’s series was part of NBC’s development cycle last year, but apparently moved home and added Sean Tretta to the mix.
Deadline reports that the new version of the Zorro legend will see a young Latinx woman taking revenge after her father was killed. She joins a secret society and assumes the identity of Zorro. The story is reportedly unchanged from Rodriguez’s intended NBC version, but Tretta, who has a deal with CBS Studios, has joined the team this time to write the screenplay. The timing of the project is quite impressive, as it comes hot on the heels of news that Disney is continuing their own reloading of the masked vigilantes.
The brother and sister team of Robert and Rebecca Rodriguez will work as executive producers on the program, while Tretta will act as showrunner. Production company Propagate first outlined plans to reload the Zorro franchise with a female lead back in 2019 when they signed their deal with CBS Studios and wrote a version written by Alfredo Barrios Jr. was compiled with NBC. A year later, the Rodriguez brothers and sisters joined the project, along with Sofia Vergara as executive producer, but she left the project before this latest movie from the studio.
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Last month, the news saw that Wilmer Valderrama played Zorro for Disney Branded Television, a remake of the 1950s ABC series that played Guy Williams as the swashbuckler and lasted for 78 episodes between 1957 and 1959. Valderrama revealed that the project is one that has a personal meaning for him, after he grew up with the character as a role model.
“When he was growing up, Zorro was the one character that made me feel like a Latino that I could be a hero,” Valderrama had previously said. “As an adult and storyteller, I have a responsibility in the stories I help bring to life. Working with Gary [Marsh] and Disney to bring Zorro back into the family after 60 years and to be part of the legacy for other children to know that they too can be the heroes of their own stories is a dream come true. ”
In addition to this, a modern version of the character, Zorro 2.0, was also announced at the end of 2021, which will see the character portrayed as a computer hacker and is said to be shooting soon.
While fans of Zorro will have to be given a chance to choose whether a classic version of the character, a gender-swapped version or a completely modern remake wins the day, one thing is for sure, there is only one winner in the battle of the Zorros, and it’s going to be a tough call on who will come out on top in the three-way duel.
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