Vin Diesel has wanted to make a historical trilogy since 2002.
The inhabitants of development hell stalk Hollywood. There are a dozen failed productions, unworkable scripts, and expensive vanity projects for every film that is made and released. These movies occasionally defy the odds and manage to be produced and released, such as the blockbuster science fiction movie “Avatar.” In other instances, such as the infamous “Dune” adaptation by Alejandro Jodorowsky, concepts and production art were reused across the industry to great success. Numerous others are merely canceled. Not every film project, however, is afforded the gift of closure. There are people whose potential trembles in the air like storm clouds. They enter and exit the discourse infrequently until their presence appears absurd and unimportant.However, there are still enough unknowns that they cannot be completely ruled out. You might be familiar with Vin Diesel from his roles in the wildly popular “Fast and Furious” movies, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” flicks where he voiced Groot, and his love of “Dungeons and Dragons.” But his greatest dream is still unfulfilled. There have been rumors about Diesel’s movie trilogy for the past 20 years. He aspires to take on the role of Hannibal Barca, who during the Second Punic War rode an elephant across the Andes to lead an army against Rome. A guy who came the closest to destroying the Roman Empire of any man in history.His time’s historians claim that Hannibal was forced to take an oath before his father when he was a little child so that he would always oppose Rome and its goals. At the age of 26, he advanced to the position of supreme commander of the Carthaginian army. The Second Punic War broke out as a result of an assault on the Iberian city of Sagantum in the years that followed. To carry the battle to Rome, Hannibal led an army of tens of thousands (along with more than thirty elephants) across the Alps. In the Battle of Cannae, when he famously killed about 1 in 5 Roman soldiers, he kept a fighting force that was powerful enough to completely destroy the Roman army on the battlefield.Despite these victories, Hannibal’s army opted to defend and entrench rather than capitalize on their position. As a result of Carthage’s lack of support, the army finally shriveled away. Hannibal made the decision to take his own life rather than fall into the hands of his adversaries after all avenues for destroying the Roman Empire had been eliminated. The central event in the narrative of Hannibal Barca is a lengthy march across the mountains. In addition to animating the actions of thousands of soldiers, the special effects team would also need to create plausible computer-generated elephants or, even more ridiculously, track down and train several genuine elephants.It would be a very expensive production that was at least as grandiose as the “Lord of the Rings” movies, but because of the whims of history, it would have to have a tragic conclusion. Not to add that, unlike with “The Illiad,” there is no “Hannibal book” that curious readers can purchase in bookstores. The history is the only thing available, and while it is undoubtedly thrilling and action-packed, it is also spread out among numerous source materials and contradictory stories. So even a seasoned director would find it difficult to complete the Hannibal trilogy. But let’s not write off Vin Diesel outright. Before he and his team produced “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen, Peter Jackson was best known for making inexpensive but entertaining horror comedies like “Braindead.” Diesel is also a director; Steven Spielberg chose to put him in “Saving Private Ryan” after seeing his short film “Multi-Facial.” In a 2021 interview with Men’s Health, Spielberg claimed that he would lend him the camera while he was filming so that he could get experience.Years later, Spielberg allegedly told Diesel, “I was secretly championing the filmmaker in you, and you have not directed enough,” according to Diesel. For Vin Diesel, producing the Hannibal Barca trilogy counts as directing. In an interview with The National, he claims that “God,” specifically, “you promised the universe the Hannibal Barca trilogy, and you haven’t delivered.” In a 2003 IGN interview, Diesel discussed his efforts to “channel the character.” A few years later, it was revealed that he would be working with BET Networks to produce the animated series “Hannibal the Conqueror.” The same initiative, along with BET officially, would be casually mocked in a notorious episode of “The Boondocks.”Both live-action and animated films have yet to be released as of 2022, despite Diesel’s 2008 Blackfilm.com interview when he hinted to a “animated Hannibal prequel.”