Steven Spielberg has been busy as a producer over the past couple of years, but as a director he hasn’t made any moves since 2012?s Lincoln.
Follow-ups like Robopocalypse would be next, but then it was postponed indefinitely. Some months after that, he wound up dropping American Sniper as well.
That left him with no directing projects in his immediate future.
Spielberg may finally be ready to make a move.
According to a new report, he’s eyeing Montezuma, the legendary 50-year-old script by Spartacus scribe Dalton Trumbo. And he’s not the only one interested. Javier Bardem and writer Steve Zaillian are apparently interested as well.
Deadline reports that Zaillian is boarding as a producer, and that he’ll probably work with Spielberg on it.
It’s unclear at this time which studio will get the project. According to the report, DreamWorks controls the rights, but Zaillian has a first-look deal with Fox.
Trumbo originally turned in the screenplay in 1965, when Martin Ritt was attached to direct the movie with Kirk Douglas in the starring role. The epic centered on Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, and his bloody clash with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
Bardem is being rumored for the part of Cortés, and the story will be told from his character’s perspective.