Gravity writer Jonás Cuarón takes over the new Zorro movie

zorro movie jonas cuaron
Big-screen villains beware — Zorro is returning to theaters.

The masked, rapier-wielding pulp hero will be the subject of an upcoming film to be written and directed by Gravity screenwriter Jonás Cuarón. Titled Z, the project was announced by Lantica Media and Sobini Films this week.

The son of Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón co-wrote Gravity with his father and made his feature directorial debut with 2007’s Year of the Nail. His upcoming thriller Desierto, which he co-wrote and directed, has already generated quite a bit of buzz ahead of its March release and is credited with earning him the attention of the Zorro producers.

“When I saw Desierto, I was impressed with Jonás’ command of action and suspense, his great visual eye, and the strong performances he elicited from his actors,” said Sobini Films CEO Mark Amin in a statement accompanying the announcement.

Initially conceived as a post-apocalyptic adventure inspired by the legend of Zorro, the swashbuckling hero created by author Johnston McCulley in 1919, the project was originally developed under the title Zorro Reborn but was delayed for quite a few years before being effectively scrapped. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is being rewritten by Cuarón and is expected to drop the “post-apocalyptic” element in favor of a near-future setting for its tale of a mysterious, masked hero who fights for the people against oppressive tyrants.

Mozart in the Jungle actor Gael García Bernal was initially attached to star in Zorro Reborn, but it’s unknown whether he’s still in the mix for Cuarón’s Z. Bernal starred in Cuarón’s Desierto, so there’s some precedent for the pair to team up.

“We are very fortunate to have Jonás on this film,” said Lantica Media CEO Antonio Gennari. “His love of cinema is evident in his work and he is very talented in his ability to tell a compelling story. We look forward to seeing where his vision will take us.”

Shooting is expected to begin on Z this summer.

Movies & TV

How Laika blends 3D printing and CGI to make mesmerizing stop-motion movies

With each film, Laika Studios pushes the bar higher for stop-motion animation. We explore Laika's latest techniques for its new adventure, Missing Link, which the studio it calls a Kaleidoscopic travelogue that ranks as its most ambitious…
Movies & TV

In the new Hellboy clip, a giant problem leaves our favorite demon unimpressed

Hellboy is returning to the big screen in April 2019, with Stranger Things actor David Harbour taking on the title role. Here's everything we know so far about the reboot of the franchise.
Movies & TV

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood poster puts Pitt and DiCaprio front and center

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

Avengers: Endgame: Everything we know about the Infinity War sequel

The events of Avengers: Infinity War changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some big ways and left fans wondering how its heroes can possibly recover. Here's everything we know about Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War.
Movies & TV

Apple bet big on TV and movie projects. Here’s what we know about them so far

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing in recent years, so will the March 25 event finally reveal when — and where — we will be able to see some of these TV shows and movies?
Home Theater

You can now watch four PlayStation Vue streams at once on a single Apple TV

PlayStation Vue subscribers can now watch March Madness in style via Apple TV, which can now stream up for four separate games to your TV at once, making it easy to catch all the on-court action.
Home Theater

Need to get rid of an unused Netflix profile? Just follow these simple steps

Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? It's easy to do, no matter what kind of equipment you've got. Check out our handy how-to guide for step-by-step instructions.
Movies & TV

Bear Grylls goes interactive with Netflix’s Bandersnatch-esque You vs. Wild

Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness, Bear Grylls-style? You vs. Wild, an eight-episode interactive Netflix series that takes cues from Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, will let you prove it.
Movies & TV

Netflix confirms it won’t be a part of Apple’s new video-streaming service

Netflix has confirmed that subscribers to Apple's new video streaming service won't have the option to view Netflix content on it. Apple is set to unveil its new TV service next week.
Home Theater

Dish TV customers can access up to 13 NCAA March Madness games in 4K

If you're a basketball fan looking to get your fix of NCAA Championship action in 4K, Dish TV will be airing up to 13 of the tournament games in the ultra high-def format, starting on Tuesday.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 teaser proclaims it's almost feeding time in Hawkins

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Movies & TV

Disney completes its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox

Now that Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, what does this future hold for franchises like X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Simpsons, and the rest?
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what movies and shows are leaving in April 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for April 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.