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Spielberg eyeing Montezuma project?

Steven Spielberg is apparently considering the tale of Montezuma for his next project.

Deadline reported that the director has the project "in his sights", while Javier Bardem is said to be keen to star in the film as Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez, who battled the Aztec leader during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which eventually led to Montezuma's death.

The film is described as "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez". And the project could be retitled Cortez, as it will be told from his point of view.

The project is apparently based on a 50-year-old script by Dalton Trumbo - who wrote Spartacus and Roman Holiday - which is being rewritten by Steve Zaillian, who worked with Spielberg on the Oscar-winning Schindler's List.

Trumbo wrote the film for Spartacus star Kirk Douglas in 1965, but it never got past a draft script.

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