By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 5:43PM
Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. While he produces a number of TV series ("Extant," "Falling Skies," Under the Dome"), Spileberg has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm.
In the trunk are various biopics in development at DreamWorks, including Martin Luther King, "Lincoln" historian Doris Kearns' Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit," about Theodore Roosevelt, and a George Gershwin biopic which once was set to star Zachary Quinto as the composer and pianist.
Also in the wings is Spielberg possible directing vehicle "Montezuma," from a screenplay originally written by Dalton Trumbo in the 1950s. DreamWorks has just brought on screenwriter Steve Zaillian -- writer of "Moneyball," Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and Oscar-winner for Spielberg's "Schindler's List" -- to rewrite the script, per The Hollywood Reporter. Now it seems Javier Bardem is in talks for "Montezuma," to play Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes.
There's a Tintin sequel still to come. DreamWorks partner Disney has imported Spielberg and Lucasfilm's "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount to the Disney fold, and Spielberg has long expressed an interest in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath."