Steven Spielberg’s four-hour miniseries based on the life of Herman Cortes has just been given the go-ahead by Amazon Studios, with Javier Bardem cast Cortes. The series was created for television and written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, who is perhaps most famous for writing Schindler’s List.
Zaillian, Emmy-winning Darryl Frank (The Americans), and Emmy-nominated Justin Falvey (The Americans) are set to executive produce. Bardem will not only be starring, but he is also signed on as an EP. The story focuses specifically on Cortes’s fight against the Aztec empire and King Montezuma.
“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,” said Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios’ Head of Scripted Series. “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.”
Bardem also weighed in on his new role:
“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…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.”