Emmerich Turns Historical For “Maya Lord”

Famed disaster movie maker Roland Emmerich (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Independence Day”) is switching over to the historical epic genre for his new film “Maya Lord”.

Said to be in the vein of “Dances With Wolves” and Emmerich’s own “The Patriot,” Centropolis Entertainment and Voltage Pictures will produce the film based on John Coe Robbins’ novel and set in the Americas in the 16th century.

The story follows Gonzalo Guerrero, a solider, and Father Aguilar who survive a violent shipwreck in the Yucatan Peninsula only to be captured by a fierce Mayan tribe.

With no hope for escape, pragmatic adventurer Guerrero chooses to adopt the Mayan culture whereas Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. The arrival of the Conquistadors in 1519 tests the will of both men as they take different warring paths.

Angela Workman (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”) penned the script.

Source: Screen