According to a new report, Steven Spielberg is eyeing Montezuma. It’s only a rumour at the moment of course but worth keeping an eye on.
the legendary 50-year-old script by Spartacus scribe Dalton Trumbo. And he’s not the only one interested. Javier Bardem and writer Steve Zaillian are apparently interested as well. More details after the jump.
Deadline hears that Zaillian is boarding as a producer, and that he’ll probably work with Spielberg on it. It’s unclear at this time which studio will get the project. According to the trade, DreamWorks controls the rights, but Zaillian has a first-look deal with Fox.
Montezuma is the rare project that’s achieved fame without ever actually getting made.
Trumbo originally turned in the screenplay in 1965, when Martin Ritt was attached to direct the movie with Kirk Douglas in the starring role. (To put things in perspective, Spielberg was a teenager when all that was going on.) The epic centered on Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, and his bloody clash with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.