Robert Rodriguez’s women-led Zorro series now heads to the CW

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez wears a black hat, black shirt and black-rimmed glasses at a red carpet event in Las Vegas.

In this 2019 photo, Robert Rodriguez attends the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s RUN in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In case you were wondering, productive filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (whose most recent projects including directing episodes of The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s book, like Netflix kids movie We can be heroes) is still in the Zorro business. A few years ago he worked on a female-led, Zorro-inspired show for NBC that never happened, but now it resurfaces on the CW.

Rodriguez’s interest in the character of Zorro goes back a good one while; in the mid-1990s-circa are Desperado / From dusk to dawn /The Faculty era-he was initially attached to The sign of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas, although the film eventually created by director Martin Campbell instead. In December 2020 came the news of a potential Zorro TV series he worked on with Sofia Vergara at NBC; it was about to follow an underground artist who “fights for social justice as a contemporary version of the mythical Zorro” and encounters criminals in the process.

utilities, if Deadline keeps us informedIt looks like Rodriguez can finally make his Zorro show on the CW as the network is now developing “a gender-swapped reinvention of the classic masked vigilante character.” It’s described as “a new iteration” of that NBC project (no Sofia Vergara in this, for starters), and is about a young Latinx woman seeking revenge for her father’s murder, joins a secret society and takes on Zorro’s outlaw persona.”

The show will be co-written by Rodriguez, Sean Tretta (Mayan MC, 12 monkeys, hunters), and Rebecca Rodriguez, the latter is the sister of Robert Rodriguez who is also an accomplished TV director, with credits on Doom Patrol, snowpiecer, The Orville, and more. She’ll also be directing the Zorro show, with Tretta show running, if the CW decides to add a different kind of masked vigilante to its stable of superhero-adjacent content.

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