Spielberg Gets into the Streaming Game with Amazon’s Cortes

Only a few days after making comments to ITV News saying that films from streaming sites like Netflix should win Emmy’s and not Oscars, Steven Spielberg has signed on to create a television series for Amazon. The show stems from an in development film that Spielberg and actor/producer Javier Bardem had been in talks on for a while. Based on an unproduced script by prolific screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the series will center on the epic saga of Hernan Cortes.

As of now Amazon has given the four hour miniseries a straight to series order. The show will be written by Steven Zaillian and Executive Produced by Zaillian, Bardem, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. Per Amazon, the show will center on how 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.”

There’s no production timeline as of yet but there’s a good chance that the show will take at least a year to come together before it hits Amazon Prime. This is a huge step in the right direction for Prime. Amazon has been trying their best to expand their Prime video service, but as of yet haven’t had a major hit. There are plans in place for a series based on the Lord of The Rings series which Amazon is hoping will rival Game of Thrones, that being said, that series will probably take a few years to get off the ground as well.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on Cortes and give you updates as they come in.


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