Fresh off of their successful collaboration on The Equalizer movies, Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua will reunite for a Netflix epic on ancient warrior Hannibal.
The streaming service announced the untitled film on Monday, Nov. 13, saying the project will be based on real-life Carthaginian general Hannibal, “who is widely regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history.”
The North African warrior famously invaded Italy by crossing the Alps with his army on war elephants and nearly conquered Rome.
According to Netflix, “The film covers the pivotal battles he led against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War.”
Hannibal was born in 247 BC in Carthage, in what’s now known as Tunisia.
Washington will lead the cast and Fuqua is set to direct the film from a script written by John Logan, who is best known for writing Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and the James Bond movie Spectre from director Sam Mendes.
The upcoming Hannibal movie is part of a first-look deal between Fuqua’s Hill District Media company and Netflix.
Fuqua and Washington are producing the film alongside Erik Olsen and Adam Goldworm.
Additional casting details, the official title and release date will be announced later.
The project marks the six film Washington and Fuqua have collaborated on after Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer, The Equalizer 2, and The Equalizer 3.
Their most recent film, The Equalizer 3, was released in August during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. To date the film has earned $187.6 million at the worldwide box office.