via press release:
HISTORY DEVELOPING NEW SCRIPTED MINISERIES
“HANNIBAL” (WORKING TITLE)
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER HALLE BERRY
MINISERIES WILL TELL THE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY CARTHAGINIAN
GENERAL HANNIBAL BARCA
New York, NY – December 2, 2013 – HISTORY is developing the miniseries HANNIBAL (working title), co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment with Academy Award-Winning Actress Halle Berry executive producing and Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener, Goldeneye) penning the script, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, History & H2. The miniseries will tell the story of the greatest generals in antiquity – Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus – who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.
“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live,” said Halle Berry, “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.”
HANNIBAL begins in Carthage, 264 BC, at the beginning of his life in North Africa and takes viewers through the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. In what became legend, Hannibal and his archrival Scipio Africanus take a sacred vow to destroy the other and the nation he served. However, despite their fiercely opposed allegiances, the two are brought together and grow to respect each other as brothers.
HANNIBAL is produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment for HISTORY. Halle Berry, Steven Jensen, Vincent Cirrincione and Jeffrey Caine serve as executive producers. Simon Maxwell serves as executive producer for Red Arrow Entertainment. Dirk Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production for HISTORY.
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