After finishing Lincoln, Steven Spielberg announced he was going to make Robopocalypse, but despite the fact he owns his own studio and had the main cast in place, budget issues meant he decided to indefinitely delay the movie. Then he was going to shoot, American Sniper but he stepped away from the a few months ago.
Since then it hasn’t been clear what he would make next. Now we may have a hint as Deadline reports he’s mulling the movie Montezuma, based on a 50-year-old script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus). Writer Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) will produce, with Javier Bardem apparently interested in starring.
Montezuma has become of a legend in Hollywood as ‘one of the greatest films never made’. It was going to happen in 1965, but it was cancelled before it could go into production. The script is about epic legendary Aztec emperor Montezuma and his bloody conflict with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Bardem would play the latter.
Spielberg hasn’t decided whether to make the movie yet, but if he does it’ll probably be his next movie.