Since Training Day, Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua have confirmed to be a profitable workforce. They scored one other field workplace success with the threequel The Equalizer 3. Now the profitable duo is gearing up for an additional film collaboration. As superior because the undertaking sounds, it’s a blow to fellow Hollywood A-lister Vin Diesel, who’s been attempting to get a undertaking about the identical character off the bottom for years.
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Denzel Washington Is Finally Gearing Up For An Epic Biopic
It was beforehand introduced the two-time Oscar winner landed his subsequent film position as notable Carthaginian common Hannibal the Conqueror. Washington will govt produce the biopic battle epic with Fuqua, who will direct the movie for Netflix. The untitled drama will observe the infamous navy commander as he battled the Roman Empire in the course of the Second Punic War. Gladiator and Aviator scribe John Logan will pen the script. Telling Hannibal’s story has been a dream undertaking for the Training Day star for 20 years, with the biopic initially being arrange at twentieth Century Fox. Considering the actors strike has concluded, it’s at the moment unknown when the movie will begin manufacturing or when it’ll arrive to viewers’ Netflix subscriptions.
While Hannibal has been a dream undertaking for the Hollywood A-lister, Washington has skilled hassle attempting to deliver his life to the large display screen. His tackle the commander’s life has at all times confronted poor timing and different obligations as his movie slate remained booked and busy. The Equalizer 3 star was additionally elevating his household, so spending a protracted interval away from them was out of the query once they have been youthful. Of course, now his youngsters are grown with their respective Hollywood careers (I’m taking a look at you, John David), and Washington has the time to do the long-term epic regardless of talks of his performing profession winding down for extra directing and producing.
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Vin Diesel Wants To Bring Hannibal To The Big Screen, Too
However, the epic biopic wasn’t simply Denzel Washington’s dream undertaking. Vin Diesel has been eyeing Hannibal the Conqueror for the large display screen for years. According to a report (through ScreenRant), the Dom Toretto actor wished to show the legendary common’s life right into a battle epic trilogy. Over the years, Diesel has not solely been set to star within the biopic, but additionally direct and produce it. In an odd twist, the Hollywood actor wished Washington to play the conqueror’s revered chief father, Hamilcar Barca. It appeared Washington may’ve beat the Guardians of the Galaxy star to the purpose the place his undertaking may be carried out.
Vin Diesel’s Hannibal undertaking has confronted comparable hurdles to Washington’s model. Timing has not been on his facet, as he starred in a number of franchises, like Fast & Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy and Riddick. So steering the previous has taken up most of his time. The Fast X star has given hints at his proposed trilogy for a decade, implying the collection was nonetheless on his thoughts in 2021. In the meantime, he’s additionally been rising his household and creating extra tasks.
At this level, it could be enjoyable to see Denzel Washington and Vin Diesel come collectively to deliver Hannibal the Conqueror’s life to the display screen. Maybe they’ll fulfill Diesel’s request to behave alongside the two-time Oscar winner. It may be a while earlier than Washington’s biopic hits screens although, as he joined Gladiator 2, which can resume filming in some unspecified time in the future. After taking on the 2023 film schedule with Fast X and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Diesel is gearing up for a number of tasks, together with Fast X: Part 2.