Roland Emmerich’s Mayan Period Drama ‘Maya Lord’ Eyeing A Start In September

Mar 10, 2018

Indepence Day director Roland Emmerich doesn’t scream period drama but that’s exactly what his next film Maya Lord will be.

The film being is compared to Dances with Wolves by trades like Variety and Omega Underground has learned they’re aiming to get cameras rolling by September.

The script based on the novel by John Coe Robbins was penned by Zoo Keeper’s Wife scribe Angela Workman.

The story follows Guerrero, a soldier, and Father Aguilar, a priest, who survive a shipwreck off of the Yucatan Peninsula and are captured by a Mayan tribe. Guerrero adopts Mayan culture and assimilates, but Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. Both are put to the test with the arrival, in 1519, of the conquistadors.

Variety reported last month they were targeting a budget around $60-70 million, smaller than normal for a movie from Roland.

It sounds like casting and location scouting will be the next big step.

Production and release dates are currently unknown. However, it’s expected to be released sometime in 2019.

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