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Hopefully it won’t be long before we see more precise info regarding the upcoming live-action superhero debut of 7g Lab’s digital comic, Zambo Dende. The project filmed on location in Bogota, Colombia close to a year ago and with November rolling by and several bits of behind-the-scenes teaser material floating online, the official poster just went viral which you can now view below.
Delivering as a proof-of-concept to pitch for feature potential in the hopeful not-too-distant future, Zambo Dende is the brainchild of creator Nicolas Rodriguez, with a story focused on Azuk, a slave child who would grow up to discover his noble roots and become a symbol of hope for the oppressed slaves of 16th century Latin America. Zaror leads Michelle Lee, Tait Fletcher, Esteban Cueto and the late Darren Shahlavi among the esteemed cast with featured fight choreography by Larnell Stovall (Undisputed 3: Redemption).
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The actors are currently in Bogota, Colombia preparing for the film. Stovall previously shared the ring with Zaror for the stellar action sequences in Isaac Florentine’s 2010 MMA cult hit, Undisputed 3: Redemption, in addition to Mortal Kombat: Legacy for both respective seasons with Shahlavi and Lee. Gabrielli R may be relatively new for some as he is to me, the director is already known for his recent success with his 2012 thriller, La Lectora, as well as his latest film, 5. In lieu of this, the line-up here alone should provide confidence for another stellar cinematic hit in the months to come.
Marko Zaror as ‘Dolor’ in Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
Prospects for martial arts action fans alike can’t be greater than they are now, specifically for fans of Chilean action hero Marko Zaror (Mandrill). In recent years, he’s been earning even more attention with other titles, namely Isaac Florentine’s Undisputed 3: Redemption and a small, notable role in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills with Danny Trejo. And, in lieu of these and other projects and films still pending, we now have news of development for an upcoming film following a tweet by director Riccardo Gabrielli R which read the following:
@markozaror mañana nos vemos para otro gran proyecto! #ZamboDende
— Riccardo Gabrielli R (@riccafilm) October 18, 2014
“See you tomorrow for another great project.”
As so hashtagged, the name of the film would be called Zambo Dende, based on the work of comic-book creator Nicholas Rodriguez following an announcement late last year that Disney would be collaborating with a group of young Colombians for said film. The character is reportedly based on real life events with a story set in the fourteenth century about a child named Azuk who would rise from oppression to become a fighting force for the oppressed slaves of Latin America, ultimately foreseeing his royal destiny preset by the assassination of his mother. The film was previously titled The Games Maker and was set to release this year, but now looks like it will begin production sometime next year instead for a likely 2016 release, although further details are needed.
This wouldn’t be the first time Zaror has taken on a superhero likeness in some form or another, with vigilante roles in films like Kiltro and Mirage Man, the latter which was once on a path toward a higher quality 3D remake with former Jackie Chan fall guy-turned-director Andy Cheng before progress evidently floundered. Hopefully these developments will pan much better with more results following the Chilean rising superstar’s reunion with director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza for their latest 2014 Fall festival fave Redeemer. It’ll be a thing of beauty, I reckon.
After this, Zaror will be joining XYZ Films’ next, One Good Thing from Killers co-helmer Kimo Stamboel directing, and recurring The Raid franchise actor Yayan Ruhian co-starring.
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Photo w/ Marko from ‘Redeemer’ Set