Amazon Studios is reteaming Schindler’s List director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Steven Zaillian for Cortes, a new four-hour miniseries based around the exploits of the legendary Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes.
Created for television and written by Zaillian from an original screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday), Cortes will see Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) starring as Hernan Cortes, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire, connecting two civilizations for the first time and changing the course of history.
“It is a privilege to tell this epic story — one that is full of drama and conflict within this huge, historical spectacle where two distant civilizations clash at the height of their reign,” said Javier Bardem. “The best and worst of human nature came to life in all its light and darkness. As an actor, there is no better challenge than to serve such a unique project that I have been passionate about for years, and I am thrilled to be working with this dream team of Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian and Amazon.”
“Cortes’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and through the minds of Amblin, Steven Spielberg, Steve Zaillian and Javier Bardem, we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey,” added Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “There are few moments in history that shape an entire culture such as Cortes’ story, and this series will be one filled with drama and adventure.”
“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,” stated Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-heads of Amblin Television.
Spielberg, Zaillian and Bardem will all serve as executive producers on Cortes, along with Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey (The Americans).