Ron Howard & Jose Rivera Bring Aztec Drama To Showtime

Howard is slated to direct Rivera's pilot script for "Conquest."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Showtime has made a name for itself in the historical fiction genre with "The Tudors" and "The Borgias." Now the premium cable network may finally be heading to the New World.  

According to Deadline, Imagine TV and Showtime are developing "Conquest," a potential new TV series that would follow the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés as he and his army go up against the Aztec Empire under the leadership of Moctezuma II before eventually conquering Mexico. An early description of "Conquest" says that it is “a classic war story about two powerful men and their people ultimately leading to the destruction of the Aztec culture and the men themselves.” 
"Conquest" is reportedly a passion project for director Ron Howard, who has researched the history of Cortes for years while originally planning the story as a feature film. Howard is now attached to direct the "Conquest" pilot and executive produce the potential series.
Jose Rivera has been recruited to write the "Conquest" pilot, marking his return to TV after stints on "Night Visions," "Goosebumps," "Family Matters" and "Diff'rent Strokes." Rivera also co-created the cult classic, "Eerie, Indiana" and he earned widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Motorcycle Diaries. Rivera is also well known as a prolific and award winning playwright.   
Rivera will also serve as an executive producer on "Conquest" alongside Howard,  Brian Grazner and Imagine TV's President, Francie Calfo. Hans Beimler ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") has also been brought on board as a consultant because he reportedly has a great deal of knowledge about Mexican and Aztec history. 
What are your thoughts on "Conquest" as a potential TV series? Who should be cast as Cortez and Moctezuma II? Let us know in the comment section below!
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