A long-dormant script from Spartacus and Roman Holiday screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has found new life at Amazon with the help of Steven Spielberg and Javier Bardem. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming studio has given a straight-to-series order to Cortes, a new four-hour miniseries based on the life of conquistador Hernan Cortes and how his relationship with Aztec emperor Montezuma shaped the course of history.
The series is created for television and written by Oscar-winning Schilder’s List screenwriter Steven Zaillian, based on the screenplay from the late Trumbo. Bardem is set to star. Spielberg and Amblin Television will executive produce the miniseries with Bardem, Zaillian, and Amblin co-heads Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Amblin has been revving things up on the TV front over recent years with FX’s The Americans, CBS’ Bull, Apple’s upcoming Amazing Stories revival and Hulu’s new seasons of Animaniacs
“We are so pleased that Amazon has given us the opportunity to bring this exciting 500-year-old story to Prime Video members worldwide. It is a part of history that had such a significant impact and largely influenced modern day civilizations. With Javier as Cortes, we have the perfect star for this role, and we can’t wait to get started,” Frank and Falvey said in a joint statement.