Female-Led Zorro Series in the Works From Robert Rodriguez & Sofia Vergara
According to Deadline, NBC is currently in the process of developing a new series adaptation of the iconic masked vigilante Zorro with Sin City filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Golden Globe nominee Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) attached to executive produce the project. Based on the character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, the series will feature a female lead taking on the mantle of the classic hero.
Zorro is being described as a fresh new take that will center around Sola Dominguez, an underground artist who fights for social justice as contemporary version of the mythical Zorro. Her life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them.
The series adapted is co-written by Robert Rodriguez and his sister Rebecca Rodriguez (Snowpiecer, The Chi), who will also serve as the director. It will be executive produced by Vergara and Luis Balaguer through their LatinWe banner along with the Rodriguez duo, Geoff Clark, Eric Bromberg, John Gertz, Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Rodney Ferrell, Greg Lipston and Jay Weisleder.
This marks the second time that Rodriguez was involved in a Zorro project. The first was when he was attached to direct the Antonio Banderas-led The Mask of Zorro sequel film but decided to leave the project due to budgeting conflicts with TriStar Pictures.
This was also the second time that NBC and Propagate tried to produce a female-led Zorro reboot series with Alfredo Barrios Jr. set as a writer and executive producer. However, the project fell through and the studio decided to restart the whole development towards a new direction.