Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Take a survey for the chance to win an iPad
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Andy Serkis' Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Revealed
Meet Supreme Leader Snoke. Well, sort of...
Henry Cavill Exits Stratton
Simon West's action-thriller needs a new lead
Will Forte Signs Up For Keanu
Joining forces with Key & Peele and Method Man
Joe Wright May Jump Into The Lifeboat
He's in talks to direct Anne Hathaway in a novel adaptation
New Ant-Man Poster Dodges Bullets Online
Heroes don't get any bigger
Exclusive Point Break Featurette
Meet the daredevils behind the movie's scenes
Vin Diesel Teases New York As Fast & Furious 8's Main Locale
Big trouble in the Big Apple?
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Constant Gardener
Empire Star Rating
Inside I'm Dancing
Empire Star Rating
Goldeneye (1995)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Halle Berry Producing Hannibal Miniseries
For the US History Channel

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

J.C. Chandor Set To Make Sports Biopic
All Is Lost director tackling the Vince Lombardi story
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie
Is there a doctor in the house?

Who Are The New Mutants?
Fox’s X-Men spin-off features a bunch of fresh faces. Here’s what you need to know...

Stoical Supermen: 10 Quiet Heroes That Get Stuff Done
Silent but deadly...

Ana Lily Amirpour On A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
'There's nothing sexier than a vampire...'

Rick Baker: Creature By Creature
The make-up effects titan on his greatest creations

12 Of The Weirdest Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Done On Camera
Outside of his movies, that is...

Spooks: An Oral History
Cast and crew on the spy smash

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)