“Game Of Thrones” Writer Bryan Cogman To Showrun Disney+ “Zorro” Series
Back in 2021, Disney announced it was developing a brand new version of the iconic Disney action-adventure-western series “Zorro,” which is going to be executive produced and star Wilmer Valderrama, as Don Diego de la Vega and his dashing swashbuckling alter ego, the masked horseman named Zorro.
The series in development is executive-produced by Gary Marsh, outgoing president and chief creative officer, Disney Branded Television, as part of his new multiyear production banner at Disney General Entertainment. John Gertz (“The Mask of Zorro,” “The Legend of Zorro”) of Zorro Productions, Inc., is also an executive producer.
According to Deadline, Bryan Cogman has been attached to the project and will be a writer, showrunner and executive producer of the show. Bryan has previously worked on “Game Of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”. He is also working on the upcoming Disney live-action remake of “The Sword In The Stone”.
Set in early California, the “Zorro” television series followed a masked avenger, the alter ego of the mild-mannered Don Diego de la Vega, as he defended the poor and acted as the scourge of military tyrants on his black stallion, Tornado. Zorro’s trademark was the ragged “Z” symbol, which he slashed with his sword. A total of 78 original episodes aired from 1957-59. Four hour-long episodes were later filmed for airing on the Sunday night Disney television show, and episodes of the half-hour show were compiled into the theatrical features “The Sign of Zorro” and “Zorro the Avenger.”
In the original announcement, Wilmer Valderrama, said:
“Growing up, Zorro was the one character that made me, as a Latino, feel like I could be a hero. As an adult and a storyteller, I have a responsibility in the stories that I help bring to life. To partner with Gary and Disney to bring Zorro back into the family after 60 years and be a part of the legacy for other children to know they too can be the heroes of their own stories is a dream come true”
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