The miniseries, which History is hoping will enjoy the same success as its Vikings show, will focus on Hannibal Barca during the Second Punic War. With a script by The Constant Gardener’s Jeffrey Caine, the plot kicks off in 264 BC, and takes viewers through the battles between Carthage and Rome, exploring the relationship between Hannibal and his archrival Scipio Africanus. Despite their fiercely opposed allegiances, the two are brought together and grow to respect each other as brothers.
“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live,” Berry tells Variety, “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.” Perhaps Vin can go ahead and see it as keeping the idea warm while he figures out how to get his version up on the big screen.