Steven Spielberg Eyeing Montezuma & Cortez Film with Javier Bardem?
Since Robopocalypse has been delayed indefinitely, and American Sniper ended up falling through, we're still not sure what Steven Spielberg is taking on as his next project. It's been over a year since Lincoln hit theaters and the director needs a new movie. Now Deadline has a line on what Spielberg might have up his sleeve, and it would see the Schindler's List filmmaker reaching back into history again in more ways than one. Supposedly Spielberg is circling a film called Montezuma, an epic focusing on the relationship between the titular Aztec leader and Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez. That sounds cool, but there's more.
The film is actually coming together thanks to a script from nearly 50 years ago by Spartacus writer Dalton Trumbo, who initially wrote a 205-page draft for Kirk Douglas in 1965. But the project never came to fruition. The old script will be rewritten by Steve Zailian (American Gangster, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who will also produce the film, potentially with Spielberg and DreamWorks. In addition, Javier Bardem seems interested in playing Cortez, and there's actually a chance that the film will be retitled to Cortez anyway, since it will be told from the explorer's point-of-view.
For those of you who don't know, the story of Cortez and Montezuma is quite the iconic piece of history. Centuries ago in 1519, Cortez infiltrated Montezuma's territory after being held as a polite prisoner. But a greed for gold and silver turned Cortez on Montezuma and their relationship ended in some massive bloody battles. Cortez would later have a child with Montezuma's daughter after he was killed, which seems like a twist of the knife (though there was certainly mutual respect between the two figures). It's still early days on this project though, and there's a chance Spielberg might find a film that could come together a little faster (like that Roosevelt/Taft story he's producing). Either way, we'll keep you posted.