Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot
'You've meddled with something you don't understand...'
John Wick Duo Wanted To Direct Cowboy Ninja Viking
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski may corral Chris Pratt
Karl Urban Joins Pete's Dragon Remake
He's replacing Michael C. Hall
Meet The New Jurassic World Dino
Indominus Rex, what big teeth you have...
Rachael Taylor Join's Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
She'll play Trish Walker
Noam Murro Says Blink
On to direct a new thriller
Terminator Genisys Super Bowl Spot Online
Watch out for back-flipping buses...
Jay Roach Rounds Up Mad Dogs
He'll direct the action comedy
Insurgent Super Bowl Ad Launches
Tris is The One
Ted 2 Trailer Slides Online
Can Ted prove he's a person?
Podcast 146: Alex Garland, Paul Thomas Anderson
It's a kind of magic...
Exclusive: First Still From The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
Jamie Dornan is a man on wires
Teaser Trailer For Spooks: The Greater Good
Harry's spy game?
Matthew McConaughey Is Born To Run
And he's also struck Gold
Paul Bettany Says Marvel Has Plans For The Vision
Multi-film deal ahoy!
Geoffrey Rush Considers Himself Lionel Bart
Playing the composer in Vadim Jean's biopic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
20 January 2015
New Trailer For The Gunman
Sean Penn has a particular set of kills
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Counsellor (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Milius (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Jurassic Park (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Roman Holiday (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Steven Spielberg & Javier Bardem Unearth Montezuma
Limbo-lodged Dalton Trumbo script may finally reach screens

07 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Steven Spielberg and Javier Bardem

The speculation about Steven Spielberg's next directorial job continues apace. With Robopocalypse still in the re-write garage and American Sniper out of his sights, the filmmaking titan has apparently set his gaze on a script that has been waiting to hit screens for so long it could be a grandfather. Spielberg, The Counsellor’s Javier Bardem and writer/producer Steven Zaillian are now circling Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay Montezuma.

It’s a huge tale focused on the brutal historical confrontation between Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez* and Aztec leader Montezuma in 1519 after the former led an incursion into Mexico. Pushing through the area looting the riches and bringing smallpox and disease in his wake, Cortez was eventually captured and held as a prisoner/guest by Montezuma. He managed to turn the tables, though, making the Aztec leader his puppet as his forces began devastating attacks on the Aztec population, leading to Montezuma’s death at the hands of his own countrymen. Later, it appears that he fathered a son on Montezuma's daughter after she had been converted to Christianity, married to a series of Spanish noblemen and widowed several times.

Trumbo – famously one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify at the communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee and landed in jail for 11 months – endured pariah status until Kirk Douglas and the producers of Spartacus hired him for the film. The pair formed a close working relationship and Trumbo wrote Montezuma for Douglas to star in around 1965, but the film never came together.

Now Bardem is considering playing Cortez (and the story, which takes his point of view despite the title, could be renamed), with Zaillian at work on a re-write.

According to Deadline it’s too early to tell if Spielberg will make this his next film, and it’s not really far enough along to suddenly clank into production, but it is an intriguing possibility for the future. Spielberg's one of the best there is at bringing historical sweep to life, and the clash of cultures in the early exploration of the Americas by Europeans seems ripe for drama. Bardem, meanwhile, seems like a great fit for the disaster-prone Cortez.

More properly Cortés and Moctezuma, but we'll go with the film's spelling.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

First Still From Tom McCarthy's The Cobbler
Adam Sandler walks in new shoes
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Stephen Daldry Talks Trash
The Billy Elliot man on his Rio carnival and training as a clown

Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)