HBO has announced that is developing “Cortes,” a high-profile drama series about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes who brought the Aztec empire to its knees.
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series alongside “Mississippi Burning” scribe Chris Gerolmo and actor Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro himself is said to be interested in starring as Cortes.
The series will have three leads, the other two being Mayan woman Malinche who helped Cortes, and Aztec leader Montezuma whom Cortes befriended and ultimately had executed.
The series will explore his legacy and actions which, whilst extending the power of the Spanish Empire and winning Mexico for Spain, also saw him committing mass murder and wiping out one of the most famous civilizations in history.
Laura Bickford, Rick Yorn and Emma Tillinger Koskoff will also executive produce.