Amazon Greenlights ‘Cortes’ Miniseries

Amazon Studios March 26 announced greenlighting a four-miniseries based on legendary conqueror Hernan Cortes, starring Javier Bardem and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

Cortes 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” is created and written by Academy Award-winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) and based on the screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday).

Emmy-winning Zaillian, Emmy-winning Darryl Frank and Emmy-nominated Justin Falvey (“The Americans”) are set to executive produce, along with Bardem.

“Cortes’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and … we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey,” Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “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.”

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