BKN drawn to ‘Zorro’ for TV, DVD pic

Toon house pacts to produce new skein

Global animation company BKN has signed an exclusive license agreement with Zorro Prods. to produce and distribute 26 animated TV episodes and a direct-to-DVD film based on the classic Zorro character.

BKN begins production immediately on the tentatively titled “Zorro — Generation Z,” which will see the crusader contemporized considerably from his well-known early 1800s guise.

“Our Zorro will be a young man entering his first year of university. He’ll fight for the underprivileged and the disadvantaged citizens of a mythical, modern-day city resembling Los Angeles, and he’ll do it on a cool black motorcycle called the Tornado-Z. Zorro’s crime-fighting tools will include a Z-Pod, a Z-phone and other surprises befitting a modern-day hero,” said exec producer Rick Ungar.

Series and DVD film are budgeted at $8.4 million.

BKN will handle all TV and DVD distribution as well as merchandising and licensing worldwide. The Frankfurt- and London-listed company promises a big push for “Zorro” at April’s Mip TV mart in Cannes.

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