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Ron Howard Aztec Miniseries Scripted by Che Guevara Writer

Hmm... wonder who they'll make the bad guy...

Dave Swindle


August 1, 2012 - 12:30 pm

via Ron Howard developing Showtime series about the Aztec Empire | TV | Newswire | The A.V. Club.

Although Ron Howard is plenty busy convincing the world that Arrested Development is filming a fourth season, he’s ready to take on another TV project steeped in myth and legend. Deadline reports that Howard is preparing to direct the Showtime series Conquest, a “sweeping period drama” written by The Motorcycle Diaries’ José Rivera about the clash between the Spanish conquistador Cortes and Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, who didn’t exactly appreciate being conquistadored.

Given the facts that Rivera A) was strongly influenced by Castro-defender Gabriel García Márquez, B) wrote a screenplay glamorizing the Stalinist executioner Che Guevara, C) followed by writing a play on the murderer’s final hours with the radical chic title School of the Americas D) this year the On the Road film coming out also bears his credit… it’s safe to anticipate a series indicting Western Civilization while downplaying the human sacrifice and slavery that took place under Aztec imperial rule.

Also related: human sacrifice as a recurring theme in recent popular culture?

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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