MGM Planning Ben-Hur Remake17.01.13 # Remake # 4 Comments
Thanks to the bank-bolstering talents of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Skyfall, MGM have gone from studio on the verge of collapse to running around looking for new projects like madmen. The film they are currently eyeing up is a new version of the chariot racing epic Ben-Hur, originally brought to life in 1959 by William Wyler.
The 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ has entered the public domain, so despite the fact that MGM sold the rights in the 1980s, they are more than able to take up the challenge again.
The new film will reportedly focus on the young Judah Ben-Hur and his best friend, and a mission for revenge involving slavery in the time of Jerusalem and the Roman Empire. Jesus Christ will also make an appearance, ranking this among other upcoming biblical films such as Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah.
Producer Sean Daniel said “It’s one of the great stories of friendship and betrayal, and faith, that works in the context of a big onscreen action thriller for a global audience.”
A spec script has been written by The Way Back’s Keith Clarke.