I was pleased this morning to see that the news about Halle Berry's production of a mini-series about Hannibal for History had broken. Here is the AFP head:
With the help of Hollywood actress Halle Berry as a producer, the American network dedicated to exploring the past will develop a miniseries on the African general who challenged the Roman Empire.
The experience of working on a big budget production is a curious one and the job of advisor is, as much as anything, one of gatekeeper. This is only the second film I have worked on in this capacity, and the last one never made it out of pre-production. On one hand it was a much more sophisticated job than I had expected. A bit of me did expect to have to explain patiently to Hollywood types that no, the Romans didn't use iPhones. But in numerous conversations and emails with Jeffrey I was blown away by how much he had read and absorbed.
Curiously the sticking point was the lack of knowledge about women in Carthage. I was met with disbelief time and time again in the US and in London that we simply don't know the name of Hannibal's mother or that of his sisters. The idea that the names of women were not important enough to record was something no one could get their heads around.
Even though I never got to meet Halle face-to-face, I can't wait to see the series.