Halle Berry Producing Hannibal Barca Miniseries For History Channel
The History Channel is staying in the miniseries business, having hit pay dirt with Hatfields & McCoys, The Bible, and the upcoming Bonnie & Clyde. Now, the network has roped in an Oscar winner for its next big venture.
Halle Berry has signed on to executive produce Hannibal (working title), a miniseries centering on “the great generals in antiquity — Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus — who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.” The project, co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment, boasts a script penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener).
“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Berry. “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 is set to begin in Carthage, 264 BC, at the beginning of the general’s life in North Africa, before delving into the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. Hannibal and Scipio each vow to destroy the other, although they grow to respect one another deeply as brothers, so it looks like the series is going to be history’s greatest begrudging bromance. Sounds fascinating.