It looks like there’s another Zorro reboot on the horizon, only this time the famous vigilante will be hitting the small screen. In addition, the person behind the mask will be a woman. Deadline is reporting that veteran filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will executive produce and write a new series featuring a gender-swapped version of the character for The CW. Rodriguez will be joined in the writer’s room by former Mayans M.C. producer Sean Tretta, who will serve as showrunner. His sister Rebecca Rodriguez will also direct the pilot, after working on TNT’s Snowpiercer.
Zorro is set to follow a young Latinx woman seeking vengeance for her father’s murder, ultimately leading her to join a secret society and adopt the ‘Zorro’ persona. The story comes from the Rodriguez siblings, with Tretta writing the script. This is the second attempt at a female-led Zorro series after NBC had put one into production from Alfredo Barrios Jr. in 2019. Sofia Vergara was at one point attached to the project as a producer but has since dropped out.
This is also not the first time Robert Rodriguez has tried his hand at adapting the character. The Spy Kids director was originally supposed to helm 1998’s popular The Mask of Zorro, and even had a role in casting Antonio Banderas as the lead, but budgetary concerns lead to him being replaced by Martin Campbell before filming began. The CW’s Zorro won’t be the only new take on the legendary outlaw in the next few years, either. Alex Rivera is currently on board to write and direct a film reboot for Sobini Films titled Zorro 2.0, which will reimagine the title character as a young, undocumented hacker.