It appears that Roland Emmerich is trying to keep as busy as possible. With two films on his plate, Stonewall and the sequel to Independence Day, he is looking to future projects. Deadline released yesterday that the ever declining talent of Emmerich would like to take on the film adaptation of John Coe Robbins’ book Maya Lord. Here is their synopsis of the book:
Gonzalo -shipwrecked in a violent storm in 1511, he finds himself cast away on an unknown shore in the New World. A fierce tribe enslaves him and the other Spaniards in his small party. With little hope for escape, this brilliant and pragmatic adventurer searches for a way to advance in a strange new culture. Ix Zazil -the spirited and independent daughter of a powerful chieftain, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to the strange foreigner who has been thrust into her life from another world. Jeronimo -lost in the shipwreck with Gonzalo, this uncompromising priest rejects Maya ways, holds fast to his beliefs and remains a slave. Like his fellow survivor, he is convinced he is the better man for his choice. Based on actual people and events, this exotic historical novel follows these driven characters as they chart conflicting courses through a tumultuous world unlike anything they could ever have imagined.
This definitely fits into Emmerich’s wheelhouse. I know I sound bitter, and I am. It’s like Peanut butter Twix. That was pretty close to being the perfect candy, until they changed things up and added the chocolate cookie to it. Thus ruining everything! Just like Emmerich had a great thing going with Stargate and Independence Day. Then something changed, and things haven’t been the same ever since. Just like Twix, I find myself compelled to try again, ultimately being disappointed with the final product. More than likely I will see this movie. Do you think it will be worth it?