Last year, Disney announced it was developing a new reinvention of the iconic Disney action-adventure-western series “Zorro,” with Wilmer Valderrama executive producing and starring as Don Diego de la Vega and his dashing swashbuckling alter ego, the masked horseman named Zorro.
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.”
Recently, Wilmer Valderrama appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show on Monday and teased:
“I’ll tell you this: This will be a Zorro for this generation. And it’ll be incredibly thoughtful with its origin story, and it’ll be grounded in authenticity.”
He also spoke about how he is planning on balancing starring in the new Disney+ “Zorro” series and the upcoming Netflix sequel series, “That ’90s Show”.
“It is a lot on my plate, but I’m up for the challenge. You come to a point in her life where… we talk about this Mount Everest, right? And I think Zorro is one of those.”
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.
Are you looking forward to “Zorro” arriving on Disney+?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.