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Vin Diesel’s ‘Hannibal’ Trilogy Is Still Alive. Says He’s Taking His Time To Get Everything Right

Vin Diesel's 'Hannibal' Trilogy Is Still Alive. Says He's Taking His Time To Get Everything Right

I lifted the below from a nice profile of Vin Diesel in Variety, in which they tout his patient approach to developing his projects, and emphasis on story, highlighting his early days as a struggling actor, to his current status as Hollywood box office star. 

Meanwhile, he’s positively giddy about the progress on “Hannibal,” the kick-off film in his epic Punic Wars saga, which he calls “the first history-of-the-universe trilogy.” Though fans have heard about the project for years, Diesel has been taking his time, reaching out to contacts such as Frank Miller and Spielberg (still in touch, post-“Ryan”) for their creative counsel. “It’s about waiting until you get it all on the table and everything is right,” says Diesel, who identifies with the impulse that drove Mel Gibson to direct “Braveheart” himself. “I don’t have to make a movie. I do it out of love.”

So if you’ve been wondering, as we have, why his Hannibal trilogy (which we’ve been following for about 4 years now), has yet to materialize, and if it ever will, there’s your answer. In short, it’s definitely not dead; it’s still very much in motion. He’s just taking his time with it, so that he can get it right. And I certainly can’t be critical of that! I think we all want a great Hannibal franchise. 

Last we mentioned it on this blog, it was about a year ago, when Diesel shared, with excitement on his Facebook fan page,  that he’d found a studio interested in the project on the Carthaginian general who led an army, complete with war elephants, across the Alps, to battle Rome in the Second Punic war (his father Hamilcar Barca was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War).

Denzel Washington, at one time, before Diesel, was interested in the role. But it looks like it’s Diesel’s now; although Diesel previously shared that he met with the late director Tony Scott, who was apparently interested in helming the trilogy, with Scott adding that he would get Denzel to play Hamilcar, Hannibal’s father.

As we know, Tony Scott passed away last year. No word on what other directors Diesel might be talking to for the job now – other than Steven Spielberg’s creative counsel. Although this actually sounds more like Tony’s brother, Ridley Scott’s territory – the historical epic.

But if (or maybe I should say when) this trilogy happens, it’ll be a pretty big deal. We’re talking a fairly large budget, especially if a trilogy is the plan, as Vin stated. And if Diesel is able to bring Denzel on-board to play his father, and load up the cast with other notables, as well as top director, it’ll definitely be a project that’ll demand attention.

Stay tuned…

Read the full Variety profile.

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Comments

Hic

@DANKWA BROOKS , @S.K.
and you think Hannibal was black ?
I really can’t bring myself to understand why americans are so ignorant (to not say something else ..)

They really destroyed the education system over there so they can do what they want .. just like George Carlin said …

barca

White people always stealing black ideas. They stole rock and roll, jesus, st. Augustin, the light bulbs, heart surgery, etc. Just a bunch of lies, they spread. White people actually think they even discovered America. Thieves.

King

@ME Hannibal was most definitely black his father was born in North Africa!

me2

Hannibal was black my friend in fact Carthage was founded by Ethiopian princess.

Abdulkareem

Hannibal Barca was an Amazigh (North African). Stop trying to claim him as your own white people and that goes for everybody else as well. He was an Amazigh like me, we Amazigh people are the indegenous people of North Africa and have a history in North Africa that goes back more than 4000 years, some even say 5000 years. He wasn't a black man (as in a dark African from the south of Africa), he was a dark man from the North of Africa like me. Hence the term "North African." I can't even take African Americans who claim him to be black seriously since they don't even know what their real name is and their own history was destroyed by white people. That means you don't know much about history. He was an AMAZIGH, look it up. We are called Amazigh (singular) or Imazighen (plural).

Abdulkareem

Hannibal Barca was an Amazigh (North African). Stop trying to claim him as your own white people and that goes for everybody else as well. He was an Amazigh like me, we Amazigh people are the indegenous people of North Africa and have a history in North Africa that goes back more than 4000 years, some even say 5000 years. He wasn't a black man (as in a dark African from the south of Africa), he was a dark man from the North of Africa like me. Hence the term "North African." I can't even take African Americans who claim him to be black seriously since they don't even know what their real name is and their own history was destroyed by white people. That means you don't know much about history. He was an AMAZIGH, look it up. We are called Amazigh (singular) or Imazighen (plural).

joshua

Zuke, one more thing:

If Hannibal was black, then the contemporary history books would have mentioned it.

jjbreak

Oh here we go, white people have no issues with a white man playing Jesus but let a black man play an actual black man and there's a problem. Oh all of a sudden we need to go back an check the facts! Hannibal was a black man..DEAL WITH IT.

Mike

I won't talk about color of the races. I will however give facts. Canaan the son of Ham. Look up the Zondervan definition of Ham. The Canaanites gave birth to the Philistines(Palestinians). Tyrians & Phoenicians descend from theses peoples who gave rise to Carthage & spoke a Hamito-Semitic language. Keep in mind they were still using the ancient Canaanite alphabet. I can tell you that there was huge migrations wave after wave out of the Fertile Cresant into Africa. There are racist historians & anthropologist that can back this info up. Not to mention modern technology that points towards Negriod. Everything was destroyed for debate sake….it's just that simple.

Agron Legioneras

Hannibal's tactical mastery and brutality would suggest that he was a white man. Some people here Africa and automatically think black.

Casey

Uggghhh… After a long obsession with the great story of Hannibal I was shocked to find Vin Diesel is thinking about making the movie and (shudder) going to be the star. Then after looking it up on the internet and reading the comments most of them are stupidly obsessed with Hannibal's race. After reading some crazy Lebonese guy rail against the choice of Hannibal as a black guy (apparently he is pretty obsessed with the idea that Lebanese Christians are "aryan") I come here for some sanity and find a bunch of afrocentrics claiming that Vin Diesel isn't black enough. I found a few coins, some thought to be hannibal, some look "white" others look "black".

"Hannibal is white" people: Just shut up. I don't care how many Lebanese people that you show me that look white. You can't seriously think that the Pheonicians did not mix with the Numidians during the 600 or so years that they lived and traded together.
"Hannibal is black" people: Maybe, if that makes you feel better than go for it. I personally think black people are pretty awesome whether or not you get Hannibal Barca on your "team", so the whole argument is unnessecary. But you can't act like a mixed or middle eastern Hannibal is outrageous, seriously its as good as a guess as any.

Main point: The main problem with Vin Diesel as Hannibal is not his ethnicity, a mixed race Hannibal is a good guess. The main problem with Vin Diesel is the fact that he is a terrible actor people!! This is one of the best stories of all time and its true!! I don't want that mumbling, juiced-up douche bag, who is famous for the Fast and Furious butchering one of the best stories of all time!! Black, white, or arab Vin please pick a better actor to be Hannibal…

tony

In response to Celia comment I will take a passage from the works of Homer.

"The Odyssey Homer Translated by
Ian Johnston Malaspina University-College Nanaimo, BC Canada"
pages 318, 319

“Son of Laertes,
resourceful Odysseus, sprung from Zeus,
Now is the time to speak to your own son—
make yourself known and don't conceal the facts,
so you two can plan the suitors' lethal fate,
then go together to the famous city.
I won't be absent from you very long—
I'm eager for the battle.”
As she said this, Athena
touched Odysseus with her golden wand. To start with,
319
she placed a well-washed cloak around his body,
then made him taller and restored his youthful looks.
His skin grew dark once more, his countenance filled out, 220
and the beard around his chin turned black again.
Once she'd done this, Athena left. But Odysseus
returned into the hut. His dear son was amazed.
He turned his eyes away, afraid it was a god,
and spoke to him—his words had wings:

Celia

Interesting this argument about race. The terms "black" and "white" as we use them today were unheard of in ancient times. They are ideas that simply did not exist then. Humans have been on planet earth for thousands of years and no doubt inter-mixing for thousands of years. There is no definite race, but the human race. A person with blonde hair, blue eyes & fair skin could have an ancestor from thousands of years ago who was of a brown complexion with kinky hair & dark eyes. Hannibal was neither black nor white because those ideas didn't exist in his day. No one was called black or white.

Donella

Not only that, Ridley Scott's working on Exodus, starring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton. John Tuturro and Ben Kingsley added for flavor.

Mike

OK, this is not meant to insult anyone here, but I can see that there are a lot of assumptions being made about the race of Hannibal Barca borne out of misunderstandings of Ancient history. I'm a historian and I have studied the Ancient Mediterranean, and I feel that, for the sake of historical remembrance, it should be said that Hannibal would most likely not be considered "black" nor "white" in the modern world.

He was a member of the Punic people of Carthage, located in what is now Tunisia in North Africa, north of the Sahara, bordering Algeria and Libya. The Punics themselves were descended from Phoenician migrants who originated in the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East. In other words, Hannibal most likely looked more like the people who now live in Lebanon or Syria than with African-Americans in the United States.

There is a strong tradition of black leaders and rulers in African history, but Hannibal was not a part of the tradition, instead belonging to a different, Semitic culture, and it is a form of cultural imperialism to insist otherwise. There is no need for any ethnic group, White, Black, Middle Eastern, or anything else, to inaccurately co-opt a historical figure, and doing so ignores the actual strong historical figures of said ethnic groups. Professor Grover Furr wrote a very interesting article on the problems of that way of thinking. It can be found on his Montclair State University website under the name "The Fallacies of Afrocentrism."

For more information about Blacks in the Ancient Mediterranean, I would recommend the pioneering works of Frank M. Snowden, Jr.

First L

OMG!!!!
VIN IS STILL AT THIS?!!! SURE SIGN THE WORLD IS ENDING. They're letting a half black "I'm not Black/African" sellout with an worse voice ever to play one of our historical figures. It just goes to prove Hollywood has lost all credibility to me. They are certainly playing the real history makers for fools. But they've been doing this lately. They been taken our historical figures and white washing them to no end!! DAMN!!! THAT'S IT, I'M READY FOR THE GODDESS TO ENTER AND FLUSH ALL OF THESE RANCID MUTHERS F''ERS DOWN THE COSMIC TOILET!!!! EVERYONE OF THEM!!! Watch they won't even tell this story correct. They won't even be true to the history just showing his 'ego' might and his 'screwing abilities." I really wish the Idris Elba could be this. And let a black writer have at it. DAMN!

Me

never mind the fact that Hannibal wasn't black………..

Dankwa Brooks

Also, TONY SCOTT was a very proficient director. He definitely could have pulled this off. He really was one of my favs before he passed.

Dankwa Brooks

For real, for real just like I doubt if Barack Obama was darker who would be our President, the same for an actor for a project of this magnitude.

More power to Vin and his enthusiasm for this project. I hope it's everything he hopes it would be.

S.K.

Yes, of course. Why get someone who's at the very least movie-Black to play a Black character. Just get someone who's at least movie-White and can pretend to be dark enough for the role. It's cool. They probably just can't find anyone in Hollywood who can fit the look of Hannibal. Because there aren't a boatload of Black actors out there. *sigh*

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