Pregnant actress Halle Berry meets a friend for lunch in Beverly Hills, California on October 4, 2013

Pregnant actress Halle Berry meets a friend for lunch in Beverly Hills, California on October 4, 2013

*The History Channel is developing the miniseries “Hannibal” (working title), co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment with Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry executive producing and Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (“The Constant Gardener,” “Goldeneye”) penning the script.

The miniseries will tell the story of the greatest generals in antiquity – Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus – who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.

“Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live,” Berry said in a statement, “he may have been the greatest general, period. His story is an intricate and captivating ride and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.”

“Hannibal” begins in Carthage, 264 BC, at the beginning of his life in North Africa and takes viewers through the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. In what became legend, Hannibal and his archrival Scipio Africanus take a sacred vow to destroy the other and the nation he served. However, despite their fiercely opposed allegiances, the two are brought together and grow to respect each other as brothers.