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Spielberg's Next: Maybe a Montezuma Thing with Javier Bardem as Cortés

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With his robot apocalypse postponed indefinitely, Steven Spielberg has moved on to another tale of a people bested by horrifying technological superiority (but with woefully fewer robots). According to Deadline, he's now eyeing Montezuma, an unused script from the late Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Spielberg's Schindler's List writer Steve Zaillian is said to be re-writing the 50-year-old script with an eye on shifting the focus more toward Cortés, the Spanish conquistador who took down Montezuma's Aztec empire. Though Kirk Douglas was long-ago attached to star, since he is now 97, Javier Bardem is taking over the lead. He can maybe use that Spanish accent he's been practicing.

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