Roland Emmerich, known for depicting extinction level events in the modern age (The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 2012 (2009)) has decided to tackle an earlier time period, the era of the conquistadors. Deadline reports Emmerich’s Centroplolis Entertainmetnt and Voltage Pictures are producing Maya Lord, a film with the Mayan culture as a backdrop. The synopsis:
“Maya Lord follows a soldier, Guerrero, and a priest, Aguilar, who survive a violent shipwreck in the Yucatan Peninsula only to be captured by a fierce Mayan tribe. With no hope for escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer Gonzalo Guerrero chooses to adopt the Mayan culture as his own, while the uncompromising Father Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. The conquistadors arrive and test the will of both men as they take different warring paths.”
Angela Workman, writer for The Zookeeper‘s Wife, will be penning the screenplay. Emmerich’ statement about the film:
The last director to create an adventure film based on Mayan history was Mel Gibson with Apocalypto (2006). Having seen a large portion of Emmerich’s film oeuvre I feel confident in stating that no one should expect to see anything near the quality of Gibson’s Mesoamerican epic. There is no doubt that the spectacle common in Emmerich’s films has generated a lot of revenue, I’m curious to see if something that is supposedly grounded in real events will serve him just as well.