Spanish broadcaster RTVE and Amazon Prime Video have introduced pre-production on “Boundless,” a brand new four-part historic drama detailing the 16th century international circumnavigation undertaken by Spain’s Juan Sebastián Elcano and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Simon West (“Con Air,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) is connected to direct.

500 years in the past, the pair left Spain in a bid to show that the world isn’t flat, a idea on the time and nonetheless some extent of competition in sure fringe corners of the web immediately, and that various commerce routes to the “spice islands” had been a sensible chance.

5 ships internet hosting 239 seamen started the journey, departing from Sanlúcar de Barrameda on Aug. 20, 1519. Three years later, solely the Nao Victoria returned, manned by eight sickly and ravenous sailors, together with Juan Sebastián Elcano. Magellan had been killed throughout an try to forcibly convert Philippine natives to Christianity in April 1521.

“Boundless” will monitor the legendary journey by taking pictures in most of the areas visited by the pair alongside the way in which, together with the Dominican Republic, the Canary Islands and Spain’s Basque Nation, Elcano’s homeland.

Boasted as a “Excessive-budget, cinematic manufacturing,” filming is scheduled for summer season 2020. In preparation for the formidable shoot, the Victoria and Trinidad ships can be reconstructed, and a duplicate of the Nao Victoria can be used for filming. Maritime scenes can be shot on the U.Okay.’s famed Pinewood Studios.

Since 2012’s massively in style “Isabel,” RTVE has cultivated a manufacturing line in higher-end historic fiction, which it appears to return to right here. Amazon itself has turned heads taking choose territory rights on “Hernán” and backing “El Cid” as considered one of its earliest Amazon Originals in Spain.

In an announcement, Ricardo Cabornero, head of Prime Video Content material, Amazon Spain, stated: “We’re excited to take part in a challenge of this scale by which considered one of historical past’s most unbelievable journeys can be delivered to many individuals world wide by way of Amazon Prime Video. The collection, directed by famend director Simon West, will rely with all technical sources to be a manufacturing stuffed with motion and epic.”

The collection will launch solely on Amazon Prime Video within the U.Okay., U.S., Spain and Latin America in 2021.