Los Angeles: When the masked crusader Zorro returns to the big screen later this year, the period franchise will jump ahead a few centuries to a post apocalyptic era.
A reboot of the period franchise titled `Zorro Reborn` is being developed by Fox studio which will see the character in a new setting, reported a website.
The hero of the new installment will live in the future, specifically a desolate and post-apocalyptic one.
The first two installments of the franchise starred Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones, who will return for the third film but not as protagonists.
In this version, Zorro will be less a caped crusader for justice than a one-man vigilante force bent on revenge.
The first film of the franchise, 1998`s `The Mask of Zorro`, saw Anthony Hopkins plays an aging Don Diego de la Vega who passes the baton to a young misfit (Banderas), who in turn becomes the new Zorro.
The 2005 sequel, like the first featured Zeta-Jones as Zorro`s wife, Elena, but was not able to recreate the same box office magic.
Both movies, made by Sony, were set in 19th century California.
The third movie will be directed by Rpin Suwannath, a previsualization specialist who worked on the `X-Men`, `Matrix` and `Chronicles of Narnia` movies.