By Tim Kenneally
Halle Berry is getting militaristic with the History channel.
The “Monster’s Ball” actress is developing a miniseries, which bears the working title “Hannibal.”
Berry will executive produce, with Jeffrey Caine (“Goldeneye”) writing the script.
The project will follow the story of legendary general Hannibal Barca and his rivalry with Scipio Africanus as they battled against each other in the Second Punic War. The miniseries begins in Carthage in 264 BC, at the beginning of Hannibal’s life, and go through the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome.
“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live,” Berry said, “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 miniseries is being produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment for History. In addition to Berry, Steven Jensen, Vincent Cirrincione and Jeffrey Caine are also executive producing, with Simon Maxwell executive producing for Red Arrow Entertainment and Dirk Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs serving as executives in charge of production for History.
Berry will also star in the upcoming drama “Extant” for CBS.