History Working With Oscar Winner on Miniseries About Legendary Military Leader TVWeek
A legendary military leader is the focus of a high-profile miniseries in the works at History, with Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry leading the charge.
The project has the working title "Hannibal," and focuses on the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. Berry, who won an Oscar in 2002 for "Monster's Ball," is executive producing the effort.
In a press release from History, Berry said: "Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, 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.”
The project is co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment, with Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine ("The Constant Gardener," "Goldeneye") writing the script. Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, History & H2, announced the project today.
The project begins in 264 BC and tells the story of the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome, when Hannibal faced off against his archrival, Scipio Africanus.
Along with Berry, Steven Jensen, Vincent Cirrincione and Jeffrey Caine are on board as executive producers. Simon Maxwell is executive producer for Red Arrow Entertainment. Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs are executives in charge of production for History.