Denzel Washington is teaming up as soon as once more together with his “Coaching Day” and “Equalizer” director Antoine Fuqua to play the traditional Carthaginian basic Hannibal in an untitled Netflix film, Selection has confirmed.
The movie might be written by John Logan, the three-time Academy Award winner who scribed Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” and Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.”
Based on the official logline, the film is “primarily based on real-life warrior Hannibal, who’s broadly thought to be one of many best army commanders in historical past. The movie covers the pivotal battles he led in opposition to the Roman Republic throughout the Second Punic Battle.”
Hannibal famously invaded Italy whereas driving a Northern African warfare elephant. Beneath his lead, the Carthaginians gained key victories in opposition to the Romans, permitting Hannibal to occupy nearly all of southern Italy for 15 years. Finally, Hannibal was defeated by the Romans on the Battle of Zama after they counter-invaded North Africa.
Washington produces the movie alongside Erik Olsen, Adam Goldworm and Fuqua by way of his Hill District Media’s first-look take care of Netflix.
Fuqua most not too long ago directed Washington within the 2023 action-thriller “The Equalizer 3,” wherein Washington reprised his position as ex-Marine Robert McCall.
Washington is at the moment concerned in one other warfare epic, the upcoming sequel to Scott’s “Gladiator.” That film needed to pause manufacturing in Morocco as a result of SAG-AFTRA strike, however the director not too long ago revealed he had been enhancing 90 minutes of footage throughout the labor shutdown. Washington joins Paul Mescal, Connie Nielsen, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger and Pedro Pascal within the movie, at the moment dated for November 2024.
Washington is represented by WME. Fuqua is repped by LBI Leisure and WME.
Deadline first reported the information of the Hannibal venture.