He's left Robopocalypse and American Sniper, but now Steven Spielberg is zeroing in on a potential new project to follow up Lincoln.
Deadilne reports Spielberg is interested in Montezuma, a nearly 50 year old script from Dalton Trumbo about the bloody battle between Montezuma and Hernando Cortez, the explorer who led the Spanish to infiltrate Mexico in the 16th Century. Initially a guest/prisoner of the Aztec ruler, Cortez ultimately turned the tables and defeated his foe after intense and bloody battles. The film could also potentially be retitled Cortez since it'll be from the Spanish invader's point of view.
Deadline also reports Steve Zaillian – who collaborated with Spielberg on Schindler's List – is now rewriting the script, and Spielberg is interested in Javier Bardem for the role of Cortez. Back when Trumbo wrote his initial script in 1965, it was intended as a star vehicle for Kirk Douglas.
We don't know if this will be Spielberg's next film since it's all just coming together. But it certainly sounds like a big one if it does.