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Aztec

By Corona's Coming Attractions     May 28, 2004


Developing
© 2001 Cinescape



Genre:
Adventure/Action/Historical.

Studio:
DreamWorks?

Production Company:
The Montecito Picture Corporation.

Project Phase:
Script stage.

Who's In It:
Unknown.

Who's Making It:
Jeff Schaffer, Ted Humphrey (Screenwriters); Tom Pollock, Ivan Reitman, Todd Hallowell (Producers).

Premise:
In 1519, in the heart of the Aztec empire in Mexico, a slave named Tez must play a sport named Ullamalitzli where the losers are put to death. Tez and his teammates have a plan to escape the city where they are held and run off with a fortune in gold, but can they keep winning long enough to make it out alive?

Release Date:
Unknown.

Comments:
None.

Scoop Feedback:



May 27, 2004... A probable new project for DreamWorks has been purchased by The Montecito Picture Corporation, a film production film with a deal at the studio. Titled AZTEC, the story is set in 1519 and in the heart of the Aztec empire in Mexico. The main character is a slave named Tez who is a participant in a deadly game called Ullamalitzli where players have to hit a rubber ball through a stone hoop many feet off the ground -- and not use their hands or let the ball touch the ground at any time. The winners of Ullamalitzli were lauded with gifts and the love of the crowd. The losers were put to death.

In the AZTEC story winning means Tez gets to live, but he also has a plan to escape the city of Tenochtitlan and make off with a treasure's worth of gold. Can Tez pull it off?

The story pitch was delivered by screenwriters Jeff Schaffer (a co-writer on THE CAT IN THE HAT) and Ted Humphrey (a former staff writer on NOW AND AGAIN). The duo will now begin to write the script.

[Variety.]

May 28, 2004... Our page is created for this project.


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