Filmmaker Roland Emmerich ("2012," "The Day After Tomorrow") has acquired the screen rights to John Coe Robbins' historical novel "Maya Lord" for his Centropolis Entertainment company.
The fact-based story follows a man named Gonzalo Guerrero, who was shipwrecked after a dangerous storm in 1511 and found himself on a mysterious shore in the New World.
He and his Spanish crew members were enslaved by a Mayan tribe with no hope of escape. Instead, the adventurer tries to find a way to advance in their society.
When one of his fellow captives joins Cortes, Guerrero rises within the Mayan tribe to become one of their top warlords, as they try to turn away the Spanish conquistadors. Guerrero eventually married the daughter of a Mayan chieftan.
Emmerich is already committed to making his 1960s gay rights project "Stonewall" and the long-awaited "Independence Day 2" before he gets to work on this.