Yet another prominent Mexican newspaper has published that a Yucatecan writer will have his story about Chichen Itza produced into a movie.
As previously reported (“Russell Crowe to Shoot Movie at Chichen Itza? You Decide!“), Alberto Hagar GonzÃ¡lez announced last April that his script about the Maya will be a forthcoming film from Hollywood called “2012: The Prophecy of the Serpent.” Russell Crowe and Monica Belucci had been cast in the picture and filming would begin at the end of this year.
Now, three months later, Hagar GonzÃ¡lez has resurfaced with new details about his project. First, the title has apparently changed and is now simply “The Prophecy of the Serpent.” Although he gives no reason for the name change, it could be because Roland Emmerich, director of “Independence Day,” is preparing a big-budget disaster film with the title “2012.”
Also, the writer is no longer touting the casting of Crowe or Belucci. Nor is the film even scheduled to begin shooting.
“I envision the involvement of Hollywood producer Malcolm Hitchcok and Sony Films and 20th Century Fox,” Hagar GonzÃ¡lez told Mexican news agency Notimex. The setting for the film will be Chichen Itza and the cave of Balankanche, he said.
Hagar GonzÃ¡lez told Notimex he was on his way to Miami to meet with executives at Univision, the Spanish-speaking cable network. Notimex will film the project, and has been negotiating with the Mexican government “to avoid misinterpretations” as the sites of Chichen Itza and Balankanche will be involved in the filming and they are under the care and protection of the Mexican government.
Even though the title has dropped 2012, that will still be the subject of the film, he said. On Dec. 22, 2012, the Maya calendar will complete a cycle of more than 5,000 years and start over again. The film will portay what happens on that day, and include diverse subjects such as global warming and overexploitation of natural resources.
The film will also refute the hackneyed myths that the Maya sacrificed virgins at the Sacred Well of Chichen Itza, or that they ate the intestines of their victims (a myth this author had never heard before).
“The successful Hollywood filmmaker Malcolm Hitchcok was the deciding factor that gave impetus to the production, so the filming could start in November or possibly in January 2009,” he said.
The crack team at American Egypt tried to find a Hollywood producer named Malcolm Hitchcock, but was unsuccessful. The Internet Movie Database, which lists the names of everyone who ever participated in a movie, from stars and directors to scriptgirl and gaffer, does not list anyone by that name. There is a Malcolm Hitchcock, however, whose credits include two turns as “assistant property master” in the 1988 films “Feds” and “Casual Sex?”
Expect more on this story as it develops.