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Vin Diesel Talks Hannibal

Posted: January 1st, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Vin Diesel Talks HannibalSubmit Comment
Vin Diesel is hoping to replicate the success of Gibson's Aramaic-language film "The Passion of the Christ" and to a lesser extent the Yucatec Maya-scripted "Apocalypto," by starting production of his own adaptation of the life of Hannibal Barca in the original Punic language.

Entitled "Hannibal the Conqueror," the film has been talked about for months, and many dismiss the idea of Diesel recreating the life of the man considered to be the greatest military strategist of all time, to be nothing more than a joke. Hannibal led an invasion of elephants across the Alps to occupy large parts of what is now Italy for nearly a decade.

But Diesel has recruited the same academic who translated "Passion" for Gibson, has learned to ride an elephant, and spent much of this year scouting Spain for suitable locations. He has stated that he will direct and star in the film, which is expected to go on general release in 2008.

"It's been a passion project," he said. "If you do something like that, you want to go all the way. Usually, you want to go all the way when the subject matter or topic speaks to you so much that you have these scenes playing out in your head all the time. That's usually a pretty good indication that you need to find a way to make it."

While Diesel may be best known for his role in questionable action movies such as "Pitch Black" and "The Fast and the Furious," he has been building a reputation as a more serious artist since starring in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty" in 2006.

Click here to read more about "Hannibal the Conqueror."

Source: The Independent


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