A year ago,
Now it looks as though Spielberg is eyeing a return to action with a historical epic about the Spanish conquistador Cortez and his clash with the Aztec leader Montezuma.
According to a Deadline report, the film, which may be called "Cortez," would star
Given Spielberg's penchant for sweeping historical films, it's easy to imagine why he would be attracted to the inherent drama of the clash of two cultures in the New World.
If "Cortez" fails to materialize, it would mark the third major film project in a row to fall through for Spielberg.
The director originally intended to follow "Lincoln" with "Robopocalypse," an adaptation of the bestselling book about a futuristic war between robots and humans. After spending several weeks preparing for the project, Spielberg ultimately decided that the script wasn't ready and the budget was too high. He shelved the film last January.
A few months later, Spielberg signed on to team with Bradley Cooper for "American Sniper," a film about the most accurate sniper in
Another potential project for Spielberg, though unlikely as his next one, is another presidential drama. In October, his DreamWorks Studios
to make a movie based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "The Bully Pulpit:
, and the Golden Age of Journalism." (Goodwin's "Team of Rivals" was the basis for "Lincoln.")
Spielberg's Amblin Television has also been active of late, announcing a streaming deal with Amazon for the