The director of the popular short film The Raven, Ricardo de Montreuil, has come out on top as 20th Century Fox's choice to direct Zorro Reborn.
The film is described as "a futuristic reboot of the Zorro mythology that will not be set in California or Mexico, despite the story's Western themes." Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Science of Sleep, Blindness) will be taking on the role of the legendary Spanish swordsman as a masked vigilante hell-bent on revenge against an evil tyrant and his gang of mercenaries.
Zorro Reborn was scripted by Glenn Gers, along with Harker scribes Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. According to Variety as of right now De Montreuil will direct the screen test for Bernal, but he's not officially signed on to direct the movie... yet. I imagine they're waiting to see how he does with the screen test.
Back in 2010 Universal acquired the rights to adapt Montreuill's short The Raven into a feature film with Mark Wahlberg producing. Justin Marks is writing the script, but there's no word on where that production currently stands.
For those of you who missed the short film or want to be reminded of it, you can watch it below! The director certainly has some talent, and it will be interesting to see if he ends up getting the directing gig for Zorro Reborn or not. I think he'd do a pretty solid job bringing the story to life. What do you think?