Spielberg and Bardem to bring Cortes’ expedition to Amazon Prime

Javier Barden and Steven Spielberg

In a bid to match Netflix’s worldwide presence in the digital space, Amazon have stepped up their game by collaborating with the biggest names in Hollywood. Ace filmmaker Steven Speilberg is set to be part of the project along with writer Steven Zaillian based on Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay.

Zaillian, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, along with Javier Bardem who is to star, will be the executive producer. The show based upon the conquest of Hernan Cortes, who led a rebellious expedition to the heart of King Montezuma II’s Aztec empire, connecting two civilizations for the first time and changing the course of history.

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, 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.” said Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

“We are so pleased that Amazon has given us the opportunity to bring this exciting 500 -year old story to Prime Video members worldwide. It is a part of history that had such a significant impact and largely influenced modern day civilizations. With Javier as Cortes, we have the perfect star for this role, and we can’t wait to get started,” said Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-heads of Amblin Television

Academy award winner Javier Bardem said, “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.”