Antonio Banderas in 2005’s ‘The Legend of Zorro’/Photo © Columbia Pictures
Editor's Note: Zorro is coming up for a post-apocalyptic makeover, the plight of cable television, and more in today's roundup. It's Daily Blunt time!
Writers have done a lot with Zorro since the hero emerged in pulp magazines in 1919, but this is the first time they've made him endure the end of the world. A post-apocalyptic reboot called "Zorro Reborn" is officially in the works, a passion project that's apparently been percolating for fifteen years in the mind of "Frida" producer Mark Amin. Which up-and-coming director will earn the chance to bring Zorro galloping into the twenty-first century? Please send your resumes to Lantica Pictures.
Are you supporting your favorite series? Despite all the scintillating new programming, cable TV ratings are down by double-digits this summer. The article attributes this to heavier competition from networks and streaming services, but also points out that people like to spend the summer catching up on everything they were too busy to watch during the winter and spring. How many shows can we reasonably expect to stay current on? I'm hoping to get this new season of "The Strain" by next fall at the very latest.
Drone technology has resulted in many interesting surprises, but few as apparently benign as the Flying Robot International Film Festival, which kicks off in San Francisco this November. The mission is to "celebrate aerial cinema from the perspective of drones," including categories like "Drones For Good," highlighting conservation and humanitarian efforts that have benefited from the emerging technology. (Unsurprisingly, most of their sponsors so far are robotics companies who stand to benefit from greater public acceptance of flying surveillance-bots.)
Weep for Christopher Jackson. The actor who plays George Washington in "Hamilton," the hip-hop Broadway musical inspired by Ron Chernow's biography of the founding father, was subjected to more than the usual amount of idiocy during an interview with the co-hosts of "Good Day New York." Cringe your way through the video as the hosts greet Jackson wearing powdered wigs, ponder whether a rap adaptation constitutes a "mockery" of American history, and sign off with an awkward freestyle rap of their very own. The actor later tweeted: "That's life in the damn circus... #notsurprised #speechless."