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Halle Berry Producing Hannibal Miniseries
For the US History Channel

02 December 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Hannibal – the historical warrior, not the human-nibbling psychopath – has been a passion project of Vin Diesel's for years. So we’re not sure how he’s going to take the idea of someone putting a TV miniseries out, even if it is Halle Berry. She’s now working with the US History Channel to get the project moving.

The miniseries, which History is hoping will enjoy the same success as its Vikings show, will focus on Hannibal Barca during the Second Punic War. With a script by The Constant Gardener’s Jeffrey Caine, the plot takes viewers through the fierce battles between Carthage and Rome, exploring the relationship between Hannibal and his archrival Scipio Africanus. Despite their fiercely opposed allegiances, the two were (in this version) brought together and grew to respect each other as brothers.

Now that's not exactly in line with the historical account, wherein Hannibal and Scipio met only in battle, but who's counting? Variety also reports that the action will be set in 264 BC, but since that's long before Hannibal was born (in 247 BC) or Scipio (in 236 BC) we're going to assume it's a typo and that they mean something else entirely. As long as there are elephants and Alps, we're interested.

“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live,” Berry tells Variety, “he may have been the greatest general, period. His story is an intricate and captivating ride and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.”

Perhaps Vin can go ahead and see it as keeping the idea warm while he figures out how to get his version up on the big screen.


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RE: African?
and Jesus nor the people in that region didn't look like a hippie surfer dude..cleopatra didn't look like Elizabeth Taylor..whats your point? More

Posted by qhurt at 06:41 on 04 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: African?
L: Timon Wasn't Carthage more around Tunisia? Anyway, does it REALLY matter that much? t was in Tunisia, but the Carthagians were descendants of the Phoenicians (who dominated a lot of the Mediterranean for some hundreds of years), a Semitic group from the Levantine region. However there was a lot of inter-mixing in Carthage, so he was probably of a darker complexion then the Romans but not an Ethiopian (what the Romans called anyone who was black). The Tunisians themselves are of a More

Posted by Deviation at 20:43 on 03 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: African?
Wasn't Carthage more around Tunisia? Anyway, does it REALLY matter that much? I've been following the many rumoured Hannibal projects for the years. Loved Alexander Siddig's BBC production, got excited when Denzel was rumoured to be doing one in the 90s but left it and have been following Vin Diesel's passion project for the past few years.... and he's not 'North African'. He's a veritable melting pot of nationalities. And I think you've taken that statement way out of context. More

Posted by Timon at 12:54 on 03 December 2013 | Report This Post

African?
Ms Berry obviously thinks Hannibal was a black African, whereas the Carthaginians originally hailed from what is now the Lebanon, in the Middle East. Is she wanting to rewrite history�? More

Posted by olirog at 12:36 on 03 December 2013 | Report This Post

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