BET Networks has greenlighted its first animated series, giving a six-episode order to a project from Vin Diesel that centers on the legendary military leader Hannibal of Carthage.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network said Friday that Hannibal the Conqueror will be the first project from BET Animation -- the unit announced in January -- which has joined with Diesel's One Race Prods. to produce the show. The half-hour series will span the life of Hannibal, from his tutelage as a warrior under his father, the King of Carthage, to his invasions of Spain and England and his scaling of the Alps with his army of elephants. One Race vp Samantha Vincent will executive produce with Diesel, who also will voice the title character. BET president of entertainment Reginald Hudlin said he had been interested in this project for some time.