History Developing ‘Hannibal’ Miniseries With Halle Berry
Okay, not that ‘Hannibal.’ Nonetheless, given all the success History Channel has achieved with its scripted series, including ‘Vikings,’ ‘Hatfields & McCoys‘ and ‘The Bible,’ the channel has next set its sights on famous African general Hannibal Barca for a miniseries event produced by Hollywood icon Halle Berry.
While we’d expect the working title of ‘Hannibal’ to likely change, History’s miniseries will follow the famed Carthage general beginning in 264 BC, taking viewers through the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome, as well as the rivalry and ultimate alliance between he and Scipio Africanus. Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (‘The Constant Gardener,’ ‘Goldeneye’) will pen the script for the miniseries adaptation, for an unknown premiere date.
“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Halle Berry of her producing role in the project. “His story is an intricate and captivating ride, and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.”
‘Hannibal’ marks History’s second high-profile miniseries project with an African focus, following the earlier-announced ‘Roots’ remake. Meanwhile, Halle Berry has her own TV project lined up, as well, taking the lead role in CBS’ forthcoming Steven Spielberg astronaut drama, ‘Extant.’
What say you? Would you be interested to see what History and Halle Berry come up with for a presumably retitled ‘Hannibal’?