Steven Speilberg "has his sights" on making a movie from a script that’s nearly 50 years old," reports Mike Fleming Jr. in an exclusive story for Deadline.com.
The script, by onetime blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, is called "Montezuma," and, says Fleming, is "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico."
The story adds, "The project, considered one of the great unmade scripts in moviedom, has an illustrious history. Trumbo wrote it for actor/producer Kirk Douglas, with whom he did the classics ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Lonely Are the Brave.’ Trumbo turned in a 205-page draft in 1965, when Martin Ritt was supposed to direct Douglas in the film. It never happened."
Fleming notes that Trumbo’s original version is now being "rewritten by Steve Zaillian, who teamed with Spielberg on the Oscar-winning ‘Schindler’s List.’ "
According to the entry about Trumbo on Wikipedia, "Trumbo won an Oscar for ‘The Brave One’ (1956), written under the name Robert Rich. In 1975, the Academy officially recognized Trumbo as the winner and presented him with a statuette. In 1993, Trumbo was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for writing ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953). The screen credit and award were previously given to Ian McLellan Hunter, who had been a ‘front’ for Trumbo."
Trumbo died in 1976 at age 70.