Animation company/distributor BKN has acquired exclusive rights to produce and distribute a new TV series and home-video feature based on the classic Zorro character. The deal with Zorro Prods. will see the masked latino avenger brought to modern times with 26 animated episodes and a direct-to-DVD movie tentatively titled Zorro: Generation Z.
Zorro’s trusty steed will be replaced by a sleek, black motorcycle as college freshman Don Diego rights wrongs in a modern-day city patterned after Los Angeles. No longer relying on his swordsmanship and athletic abilities alone, our hero will reportedly use high-tech gadgets including a Z-Pod and a Z-phone.
BKN, which will also handle worldwide merchandising and licensing for Zorro: Generation Z, will be presenting the $8.4 million series and movie at MIPTV in Cannes this April.
The company recently entered the home entertainment and new media distribution market with the formation of BKN Home Entertainment Ltd in the U.K. and BKN Home Entertainment Inc. in the U.S. The slate of animated feature films to be produced for distribution include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Kong II – Return to the Jungle, A Christmas Carol, Robin Hood, Jungle Book, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Prince and the Pauper, The Three Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. The company will also handle DVD releases for the full BKN catalogue, including such new TV series as Legend of the Dragon, Kong’The Animated Series and Dork Hunters from Outer Space.