- JULY 2003 ARCHIVED NEWS
25, 2005 Updates
-International ‘Zorro’ trailer now available in
With only three months until its release, fans can
expect the excitement around the long-awaited “Legend
of Zorro” to ramp up in the weeks ahead. If you haven’t
seen it yet, the international
trailer for the film should go a long way to whetting your
appetite for adventure. The trailer is now available in crystal
clear Quicktime in small, medium and large sizes at Apple's
Quicktime movie trailer site.
“The Legend of Zorro,” which re-teams “Mask
of Zorro’s” Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones,
will hit theaters on October 28.
May 10, 2005 Updates
-New ‘Legend of Zorro’ teaser one sheets
Following the release of the action-packed teaser trailer last
week, Sony Pictures has issued two teaser one sheets for this
October’s “The Legend of Zorro.” Take a gander
at the character posters below featuring Antonio Banderas as
Zorro and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena Murrieta.
4, 2005 Updates
-‘Legend of Zorro’ teaser trailer now online
No time for commentary on my behalf, but I couldn’t
let this go without giving our readers the heads up. Swashbuckle
your way over to Yahoo!
Movies and check out the exciting, humorous first trailer
for “The Legend of Zorro.”
The long-awaited sequel to the Spielberg-produced 1998 hit film
will open in theaters this October 28.
[NOTE: Release date info corrected from error in original
article. Sorry for the misinformation.]
March 19, 2005 Updates
-‘Legend of Zorro’ teaser poster sneak peak online
Latino Review was lucky enough to attend this past week’s
ShoWest trade convention, where they got an image of the teaser
poster for this October’s “Legend of Zorro.”
It’s a fairly predictable poster, with the masked crusader’s
trademark “Z,” but it’s cool none-the-less
due to how the “Z” is presented.
See it here
at the Latino Review.
March 6, 2005 Updates
-New ‘Legend of Zorro’ stills
The Latino Review has a couple of new stills
from the upcoming “The Legend of Zorro,” including
a nifty action picture where the masked marauder takes on two
foes at once. Check out the stills here.
“The Legend of Zorro” was originally scheduled for
a September release this year, yet Sony (the film’s distributor)
has since pushed the film back to October 28, 2005.
May 27, 2004 Updates
-Banderas unmasks July 26 production start for 'Zorro' sequel
Dark Horizons, Coming
The man in the hat may not be rushing back to the big screen
anytime soon, but the man behind the mask is racing forward
into production this early summer.
Previous word was that the belated sequel to the 1998 Amblin
hit "The Mask of Zorro" would start production this
spring, but star Antonio Banderas has now confirmed production
would begin in Mexico on July 26 (another source at countingdown.com
contradicts this and claims production will actually start earlier
on June 22.)
As Banderas previously told the press, he will be reprising
his dual role as Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro and he will be joined
by returning co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones (in her second Amblin
production this year) as his bride Elena.
Despite previous reports that Anthony Hopkins would be returning
(SPOILER: as a “supernatural element”)
Banderas now reports that Hopkins will not be returning for
Banderas also reaffirms that the film will be “a little
bit more mature” than the first time out. He adds that
the themes in the film are “based in jealousy and concepts
that are more for us than for kids” which may be an interesting
clue into the plot of the film. What would Zorro be jealous
of? The affections of another beau toward his lovely wife perhaps?
As previously reported, director Martin Campbell will be returning
to guide Zorro through his adventures while Dark Horizons confirms
that the original film’s cinematographer Phil Meheux will
return to lens the picture.
January 9, 2004 Updates
-Rumored 'Zorro' sequel title leaked?
Movie fansite Coming Soon got word from a scooper that "a
worker at Sony Studios [said that] Zorro 2 will be titled 'The
Return of Zorro'."
When the sequel was in scripting stages by the original film's
writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, the working title for
the script was "Zorro Unmasked," but last word from
director Martin Campbell back in November of 2003 saw the film
titled as the more appealing "The Legend of Zorro."
Either way, Zorro will return in the summer of 2005 as production
will begin on the sequel in Mexico this April. "The Mask
of Zorro" stars Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones
and Anthony Hopkins (yes, he will return!) all reprise their
roles for the sequel with enough rumored names to choke Zorro's
10, 2003 Updates
-Banderas enthuses over 'Zorro 2' script; Hopkins to return!
Antonio Banderas talked with USA Today about 2005's "The
Mask of Zorro" sequel, "The Legend of Zorro."
"The script is fantastic," Banderas told USA Today.
"Way better than the first one. Everyone will be back —
Steven Spielberg, director Martin Campbell, Catherine Zeta-Jones."
It's a good sign if Banderas feels the script is "better
than the first one", since, in my estimation, Terry Rossio,
Ted Elliott and John Eskow's original screenplay was a lot of
The kicker bit of information from the short USA Today article
is in which Banderas revealed one returning cast member that
has so far been unmentioned in the limited press for the gestating
The original Zorro, Don Diego, played by Anthony Hopkins will
return, Obi-Wan like from the sounds of it. "[Don Diego]
has a lot more to tell me. It has a supernatural element,"
"The Legend of Zorro" (a title which was off-handedly
revealed by director Martin Campbell in a Washington
Times article) is slated to be released in early 2005.
5, 2003 Updates
Mask of Zorro 2' racing forward into
Trade paper Variety has officially confirmed what the director
and cast of "The Mask of Zorro" have been promising
for weeks: "The Mask of Zorro 2" (also rumored to
be called "Zorro Unmasked") is definitely heading
into production early next year!
Martin Campbell will be back as director and Antonio Banderas
and Catherine Zeta-Jones (currently filming Steven Spielberg's
Terminal") return as co-stars. New to the
franchise are writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Alias")
who are taking over scripting duties from Ted Elliott, Terry
Rossio and John Eskow.
The film, according to director Campbell, will shoot in Mexico
in the late spring for a 2005 release.
October 11, 2003 Updates
Mask of Zorro' director Campbell
returns for upcoming sequel!
All signs are pointing to "yes" on the belated sequel
to the 1998 Amblin Entertainment hit "The Mask of Zorro"
as in the last six months Steven Spielberg and star Antonio
Banderas have talked up the property and now, director Martin
Campbell has confirmed his involvement.
While speaking with the Latino Review, Campbell said "we're
going to be doing The Mask of Zorro 2. Antonio (Banderas) is
already on board."
Whether or not Zorro's beautiful bride Elena would be portrayed
again by the equally beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones, as far
as Campbell was concerned at the time of the interview, was
up in the air: "We're in talks at the moment to bring Catherine
back. We'll see."
Great news came through this weekend, however, as Zeta-Jones
confirmed her interest in doing another "Zorro" film.
"Maybe we're doing another 'Zorro.' We're getting a script
ready," Jones told the New Zealand Herald, adding that
she has told Amblin Entertainment "Please do it before
we all get old and we can't even hold up our swords!"
If things are still on track for the March-April 2004 production
start that Antonio Banderas mentioned to the Latino Review back
in August, it looks like the planets may align. Campbell has
the film scheduled for his next shoot, Banderas only has voice
work on "Shrek 2" on his (announced) roster and Zeta-Jones
will be free from shooting Spielberg's "The Terminal"
easily by the year's end.
August 31, 2003 Updates
-Work moving ahead on ZORRO 2
A sequel to the 1998 hit "The Mask of Zorro" sure
has been a longtime coming and last year it looked like it wasn't
going to happen (if an alleged quote in a Polish newspaper from
star Antonio Banderas stating that he would not be a part of
further adventures was to be believed). All signs are pointing
to a sure thing, now, as Spielberg and now Banderas have enthusiastically
talked up plans for the second adventure.
The man behind the mask himself recently talked with fansite
The Latino Review about plans on the yet unnamed sequel and
the following quote is quite intriguing as to Spielberg's plans
for the story of the new film:
"LR: You spoke earlier about "Zorro 2," what’s
the plot to the sequel?
Antonio: That’s ["Zorro"] another landmark actually
in my career, and to work with Steven Spielberg is not that
bad. [Laughs] I had a great time when I shot the first one.
Steven Spielberg came to the theater [Antonio is in a Broadway
play called "Nine"] like several weeks ago and said
to me “We want to do different approach to Zorro this
time, we want to make more of an adult movie, and we are going
to talk about more of the human stuff, there’s going to
be a big issue with the General in the second part, and more
of the relationship between you and your wife” and of
course there’s going to be stunts and all that stuff but
they are going to make the film a little bit more deeper than
the first one was, and I thought that was an interesting approach
instead of going for the popcorn straight forward, they wanted
to do something a little more complex than that. I thought that
was interesting too.
LR: When are you going to start filming and where?
Antonio: If everything goes as planed we will begin filming
at the end of March beginning of April. We will probably start
shooting in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico."
With that schedule, its safe to assume the film could be pushed
to premiere during the Christmas season in 2004 (unlikely),
or more realistically it could be held for the mad rush 2005
summer box-office (along with Spielberg productions "Indiana
Jones IV" and "Jurassic Park IV," not to mention
the last "Star Wars" film ever!)
July 15, 2003 Updates
-'Zorro' to ride again after all!
Despite quotes late last year from actor Antonio Banderas stating
his lack of interest in being involved in a sequel to the 1998
Spielberg-produced hit "The Mask of Zorro," Banderas
has confirmed that a sequel is finally going into production
in a new AP
Banderas revealed that the film is a go to the Television Critics
Association when he announced that he will be returning to Mexico
to shoot the sequel, which is slated to begin production in
Steven Spielberg mentioned last year that the sequel was still
a viable property, despite Banderas previous denials. Good to
see Banderas was influenced to reconsider.