In the wake of the SAG-AFTRA strike conclusion, Netflix is gearing up for a monumental project that Denzel Washington had considered over two decades ago.
Washington is attached to portray the ancient Carthaginian general Hannibal in an untitled epic drama. The film marks a reunion for Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, known for their collaboration on the Oscar-winning “Training Day.” As well as the recent completion of the third installment in the “Equalizer” franchise.
Renowned screenwriter John Logan, famed for his work on “The Aviator” and “Gladiator,” is penning the script. Fuqua, Washington, Erik Olsen, and Adam Goldworm are set to produce, with Jeremy Lott and Frank Moll serving as executive producers.
Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who famously crossed the Alps on an elephant to attack Rome during the Second Punic War, will be portrayed in a storyline exploring his pivotal battles against the Roman Republic. This historical figure’s military prowess in what is now Tunisia.
The official logline says: Based on real-life warrior Hannibal, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history. The film covers the pivotal battles he led against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War.
The film falls under Fuqua’s production company, Hill District Media, benefiting from their first-look deal with Netflix.
In addition to this Netflix endeavor, Washington is set to return to another major period film with Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator 2,” poised to resume production. It will be released on Thanksgiving 2024.