Steven Spielberg was only nineteen when Dalton Trumbo wrote the script for an epic movie called "Montezuma", named after the historic Aztec figure. Originally written as a vehicle for Kirk Douglas (a la "Spartacus", also written by Trumbo), "Montezuma" never saw the light of day. But now, after forty-nine years, that might change.
Ever since 2012's "Lincoln", everyone has wondered what the director's next film would be. First there was "Robopocalypse", based on Daniel Wilson's book about a robotic revolution, but that was postponed indefinitely on January 9 of last year. Then there were whisperings of "American Sniper", based on the true story of American trooper Chris Kyle, but this has also gone by the wayside (Clint Eastwood is now set to direct, and really, seems a much better fit for the material).
Now Spielberg, along with Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List") are honing in on the script about the conflict between Moctezuma II and Hernán Cortés and his band of conquistadors. Alongside them, with hopes of playing the Spanish leader, is Spain-native Javier Bardem ("Skyfall", "No Country For Old Men").
Steve Zallian's usual main role in the movies is that of writer, but he'll also be producing. It is unclear just how Zaillian and Spielberg will treat the "Montezuma" source material, but rumors incite that it could be re-written and perhaps even re-named to "Cortez" (the script allegedly focuses on him).
For those that need a refresher, Moctezuma II was the ruler of the Aztec people when Hernán Cortés came to Mesoamerica with his horses and guns (and sicknesses) and helped Spain conquer Mexico. Moctezuma first welcomed Hernán Cortés with open arms, but Cortés later imprisoned him. On the night of Moctezuma II's death, Hernán Cortés and his allies found themselves in the middle of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital city. Their bloody and harrowing escape is now known as "La Noche Triste" ("The sad night"/"The night of sorrows").
The story of these two men and cultures sounds like something Spielberg could really bring to the screen. What do you think? Is this something you would like to see?