The CW ordered six additional scripts for the female-led Zorro series co-created by Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids), his sister Rebecca Rodriguez, and Sean Tretta (Mayans M.C.). The request for additional scripts is a sign that the pilot the trio penned together last month was well-received by The CW, and that the reimagining of the classic Latinx hero could potentially get a straight-to-series order next.
Don Diego de la Vega and his alter ego Zorro were created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley. The swashbuckling vigilante was the heir of the wealthiest landowner in California, who uses his skills with a sword to protect the 18th-century village Pueblo de Los Angeles from evildoers and corrupt politicians. Due to the character’s success, the legend of Zorro was retold dozens of times in films, TV shows, comic books, and even video games. That’s what makes the new series proposal so enticing, as it offers something new to the mythos of the Zorro.
While we still don’t know all the details of The CW’s take on the character, the series will follow a young Latinx woman as she tries to uncover the truth about her father’s murder. While looking for answers, the young woman will get involved with a secret society where she takes on a new alias as Zorro. So, besides giving a woman the part of Zorro, the new series also transforms the vigilante into a legacy character, expanding the lore in new and exciting ways, as multiple people throughout History can wear the famous cape and black mask.
Rebecca and Robert Rodriguez and Tretta are joined in creating the series by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate. Robert and Rebecca Rodriguez, Tretta, Silverman, Geoff Clark, and Eric Bromberg, will executive produce alongside Propagate’s Owens and Rodney Ferrell. John Gertz, President and CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc. will also executive produce with Jay Weisleder.