Denzel Washington is teaming up with director Antoine Fuqua for the sixth time with a new action epic about the real-life ancient warrior Hannibal.
Washington, 68, who was spotted in Portofino, Italy with his wife Pauletta in late Septmber, earned his second Oscar in his first collaboration with Fuqua, 2001’s Training Day.
He also worked with Fuqua on 2014’s The Equalizer, 2016’s The Magnificent Seven remake, 2018’s The Equalizer 2 and this year’s The Equalizer 3.
Now Washington and Fuqua are coming together again for Hannibal, with Washington playing the commander of Carthage forces during the Second Punic War between 183 and 181 BC, via Deadline.
Fuqua will direct from a script by John Logan (Gladiator), with this project coming together 20 years after Washington first wanted to play Hannibal, considered by many historians to be one of the greatest military minds of all time.
Two decades earlier, Washington was eyeing this film project when it was in development at 20th Century Fox.
At the time, Washington didn’t want to be away from his four kids for an extended period of time, and didn’t sign on to the movie.
Now the project has found its way to Netflix, though it’s currently unclear when production may begin.
Hannibal Barca lead the forces of Carthage (now known as Tunisia) against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War, following in the footsteps of his father Hamilcar Barca, who lead the country’s forces in the First Punic War.
Hannibal pledged to his father to ‘never be a friend of Rome,’ which he lived up to, attacking Saguntum in 218 BC, sparking the Second Punic War.
The great military leader attacked Rome while riding atop a massive elephant, with his forces posing a massive threat to the Roman empire.
Vin Diesel was once eyeing a rival Hannibal project many years earlier, as the military leader has often intrigued many in Hollywood.
The film will be produced under Fuqua’s production company Hill District Media and its overall deal with Netflix.
Both Washington and Fuqua will produce the epic alongside Erik Olsen and Adam Goldworm, with Jeremy Lott and Frank Rodriguez Moll executive producing.
Washington is getting back to work on the highly-anticipated Gladiator 2, now that the SAG-AFTRA strike has concluded.
Denzel will also be producing The Piano Lesson, an adaptation of the 1987 August Wilson play, which his son Malcolm is directing.
Fuqua and writer Logan are also in pre-production on a Michael Jackson biopic simply titled Michael, though it’s unclear when that will begin.