Mexico’s Jonas Cuarón, son of acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and a Vassar College alum, will write and direct a futuristic Zorro movie titled “Z,” The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.
The film will be produced by Lantica Media and Sobini Films, according to the weekly entertainment publication, which said the plan was for principal photography to begin this summer in Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, located on that Caribbean nation’s southern coast.
Cuaron has chosen the near future as the setting for his take on the myth of Zorro, a pulp hero created in 1919 by American writer Johnston McCulley, whose masked and caped hero took on brutal and corrupt officials in Mexican-ruled California.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas played the Californio nobleman twice on the big screen: in the 1998 swashbuckler adventure film “The Mask of Zorro” and its 2005 sequel “The Legend of Zorro.”
Jonas Cuaron – co-writer of the 2013 American science fiction film “Gravity” along with his father, who won a best-director Oscar for that same picture – co-wrote and directed the 2015 Mexican thriller “Desierto” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Alondra Hidalgo.