Tuesday's HOT MIC

Tuesday's HOT MIC

Hernan Cortez heading to the small screen.

Javier Bardem and Stephen Spielberg are teaming up for an Amazon miniseries about the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez. Variety's Daniel Holloway:

“Cortes’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and through the minds of Amblin, Steven Spielberg, Steve Zaillian and Javier Bardem, we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series, Amazon Studios. “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.”

A 16th century explorer, Cortes defied Spanish authorities to lead an expedition to what is now Mexico that led to the fall of the Aztec Empire.

“It is a privilege to tell this epic story— one that is full of drama and conflict within this huge, historical spectacle where two distant civilizations clash at the height of their reign,” said Bardem. “The best and worst of human nature came to life in all its light and darkness. As an actor, there is no better challenge than to serve such a unique project that I have been passionate about for years, and I am thrilled to be working with this dream team of Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian and Amazon.”

I'm excited but also trepidatious. Will Amazon show the Spaniards as dastardly evil invaders, spreading a superstitious brand of Christianity to enslave the locals? Will the ministeries present idyllic Aztecs who are peaceful and noble, cutting out the horrific human sacrifice?

I sincerely hope that Amazon keeps to the historical facts, and doesn't twist things to make the European Christians look evil and the native Americans look noble. Then again, the project is based on Dalton Trumbo's original screenplay. Trumbo wrote the 1960 version of "Spartacus," so perhaps it won't be that bad...