Cortés (miniseries)

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GenreHistorical period drama
Created bySteven Zaillian
Based onMontezuma
by Dalton Trumbo
Written bySteven Zaillian
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Original networkAmazon Video

Cortés is an upcoming American historical period drama web television miniseries created and written by Steven Zaillian and starring Javier Bardem. The series is set to premiere on Amazon Video.


Cortés follows "the legendary conqueror, Hernán Cortés, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Moctezuma II’s Aztec Empire, connecting two civilizations for the first time and changing the course of history."[1]

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In 1965, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo finished a 205-page draft of a screenplay entitled Montezuma, with a story centered around the complicated relationship between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec leader Moctezuma II; the film was written with intent of having Martin Ritt direct and Kirk Douglas play the role of Cortés. The production ultimately never came together.[2]

In 2014, it was reported that Steven Spielberg was considering directing Montezuma from a screenplay written by Steven Zaillian based on the original script by Trumbo, it was further reported that the film might be retitled Cortes as the new screenplay featured him as the main character.[2]

On March 26, 2018, it was announced that the project had been redeveloped from a film into a television miniseries and that Amazon had given it an order for four episodes; the series was created and written by Steven Zaillian who is also set to executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Javier Bardem.[1][3][4][5][6]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Javier Bardem, who was initially attached to the project when it was a feature film, had been cast in the lead role of Hernán Cortés.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (March 26, 2018). "Amazon Greenlights Hernan Cortes Miniseries Starring Javier Bardem From Steven Spielberg & Steve Zaillian". Deadline. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Fleming Jr., Mike (January 6, 2014). "Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, Steve Zaillian Circle Montezuma-Cortez Epic From Script By Blacklisted Writer Dalton Trumbo". Deadline. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Holloway, Daniel (March 26, 2018). "Javier Bardem, Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian Partner for Amazon Miniseries". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 26, 2018). "Amazon Revives Dalton Trumbo's 'Cortes': Javier Bardem to Star in Mini From Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Nakamura, Reid (March 26, 2018). "Javier Bardem to Star in Amazon's 'Cortes' Miniseries From Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian". The Wrap. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Amazon Studios Greenlights a New Series, Cortes — Steven Spielberg and Steven Zaillian Set to Executive Produce and Javier Bardem Set to Star and Executive Produce". Business Wire. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.

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