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Sony Hires Writers to Reboot ‘Zorro’

Sony has decided to give “Zorro” the reboot treatment. Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will be giving the masked swordsman a makeover based on Isabel Allende‘s 2005 novel.

Federman and Scaia come from a television bakcground that includes Jericho and Human Target. Deadline relays they are supervising producers on the new TV update of Charlie’s Angels, which has been battling poor ratings in the early going this season.

The last time we saw Zorro, of course, was in the two Antonio Banderas-led films in 1998 and 2005. 1998’s The Mask of Zorro starred Banderas with Anthony Hopkins and helped put Catherine Zeta-Jones on the map. That re-imagining of the comic character popularized by the Disney TV series made more than $250 million worldwide, but its sequel, The Legend of Zorro, was a disappointment with just $45 million in the U.S. “Legend” was assembled by what would be considered — in today’s terms — an all-star team: Transformers and Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman along with “Pirates of the Caribbean” scribes Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Both films were directed by Casino Royale and Green Lantern helmer Martin Campbell.

Allende’s novel is considered an origin story that deals largely with events before Don Diego de la Vega’s transformation into Zorro (yet includes the transformation).

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