A big-budget Amazon miniseries starring Javier Bardem was shelved due to COVID-19. Javier Bardem would star in Cortés y Moctezuma, which depicts the relationship and conflict between the 16th century Spanish explorer Hernan Cortés (Bardem) and the Aztec ruler Moctezuma. The project, a co-production of Amazon Studios and Amblin Television, was just decided when the pandemic began.
Written by master writer Steven Zaillian, the Spanish miniseries is based on a feature-length script from Dalton Trumbo’s last period. Zaillian was producing with Bardem and Amblin’s Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Tenoch Huerta took on the role of Moctezuma and Yoshira Escarrega would appear as one of the main characters.
Pandemic Cancellation Decision For Javier Bardem’s Starring Drama
In the statement made on behalf of the two companies; “Due to production constraints posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Amazon Studios and Amblin Partners are reporting that we have been unable to make progress in the production of our Cortés y Moctezuma series. Currently, we have unfortunately not been able to find a way to reorganize the production in the near future to achieve the scale it deserves. We have nothing but admiration and respect for Tenoch, Yoshira, Gael. We hope we will be able to work with Diego, Steve Zaillian and the show’s entire crew again in the near future. ” His words were shared.
Amazon had placed a direct order for Cortés y Moctezuma in 2018. Zaillian was hired by DreamWorks in 2014 to adapt Trumbo’s original screenplay, Montezuma, as a feature film. Trumbo wrote the script in the 1960s, ten years after being blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten excluded for his Communist beliefs.