So the Spanish landed in Mexico with a hundred men and conquered it in a whirlwind of backstabbing, horses, armor, and gunpowder. And that’s before ten thousand years of European disease hit the New World all at once in an event that makes the Hot Zone and various other nightmare scenarios of pandemic look like a nasty cold making the rounds through the kindergarten. If one were to pitch this story to a Hollywood executive who knows not the slightest thing about history (I know, it’s a stretch, but bear with me) it would have to be described as 300, except with guns, and instead of dying in defense, the impossibly tiny outnumbered army is the invader who wins.
That’s the terrible way to pitch a movie version of what could be an incredible story of layer upon layer of tragedy. Thankfully, the task has fallen to Ron Howard instead of Zack Snyder. And Howard is bringing the series to Showtime.
Deadline is kind enough to summarize for us:
“The story of famed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, who led the Spanish conquest in Mexico, and his clash with Moctezuma II, the last ruler of the Aztec Empire which fell at the hands of Cortes and his men. Filled with blood, lust, gold, magic and mythology, Conquest is described as “a classic war story about two powerful men and their people ultimately leading to the destruction of the Aztec culture and the men themselves.”
No word on whether Jared Diamond will be a consulting producer, or if this affects Howard’s involvement in the “Arrested Development” restart or the “Dark Tower” movie/series/thingie.