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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) Poster

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Screenwriter Rose Bosch got the idea for the project when she discovered millions of untranslated parchments while researching an article on Columbus. After joining forces with a French film executive, she finally found an interested director in Ridley Scott, who had always wanted to make a movie about Columbus. Scott agreed to direct the film on one condition: Columbus must be played by Gérard Depardieu. Depardieu was contacted, and eager to take the part.
The replicas of Columbus' ships used in the film were built in Spain between 1990 and 1992. In 1992 they sailed the route of Columbus' first voyage to commemorate to 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. Today they are exhibited in Palos de la Frontera, Spain, and they are visited by approximately 200.000 people each year.
The film was released in France on October 12, 1992, 500 years to the day after Christopher Columbus' expedition made landfall in the Caribbean and landed on the island of Guanahani. This was the first land in the New World sighted and visited by Columbus.
Francis Ford Coppola, Roland Joffé and Oliver Stone were all approached to direct before Ridley Scott took up the offer.
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Sigourney Weaver was always Ridley Scott's first choice to play Queen Isabella. However, when re-shoots for Alien³ (1992) were taking longer than expected, Anjelica Huston was considered for the role. Weaver became available only at the last minute.
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The original title was simply "Columbus".
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Hans Zimmer was originally chosen to compose the music for the film until Ridley Scott decided to approach Vangelis.
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The film shot for 16 weeks.
The film's production coincided with Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), one of the two films celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America.
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The film cast includes three Oscar nominees: Gérard Depardieu, Sigourney Weaver and Frank Langella.
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Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Dunn and Frank Langella would later appear in Dave (1993). Weaver and Dunn previously appeared in Ghostbusters II (1989).
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