Vin Diesel and BET Networks Get Animated with 'Hannibal the Conqueror'
Diesel's One Race Production Shingle Pacts with BET Animation Division; BET
Series to be Developed for Fall '07 Based on the Historic Leader
SAN DIEGO, July 21 -- BET Networks' newly-minted animation
unit will join with Vin Diesel's One Race Productions to produce "Hannibal
the Conqueror," an animated series based on the life of Hannibal of
Carthage, universally recognized as the greatest military leader in the
history of the world. The project was jointly announced by Vin Diesel and
Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment. One Race Vice President
Samantha Vincent and Diesel will executive produce. Last January, BET
announced the formation of BET Animation under the management of Denys
Cowan, former producer of the hit animated series "The Boondocks."
The series will span the life of Hannibal, from his tutelage as a
warrior under his father, the king of Carthage, to his history-making
invasions of Spain, England and his legendary scaling of the Alps with his
army of elephants. He assembled an army from around the world to challenge
the Roman Empire and his techniques and plans are still studied today.
"From my first week at BET, I have been pursuing this project," says
Hudlin. "Vin Diesel brings great thought and passion to both character
development and storylines, and we are pleased to be the first to be in the
animation production business with Vin and One Race Productions. 'Hannibal'
will be epic storytelling."
"It only took Reginald Hudlin becoming President of Entertainment for
me to know that BET would be the perfect network to launch a 'Hannibal'
franchise, the story of the great African general who fought an empire,"
said Diesel. "Having worked passionately for ten years to develop a film
property on Hannibal, this animated series will offer audiences a chance to
begin to understand the larger-than-life mythology of this classic figure."
Further information about the series was also presented during a BET
animation panel at the Comic-Con International Conference in San Diego, the
world's largest gathering of the animation and comic book industry.
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SOURCE BET (Black Entertainment Television)