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MGM Planning Ben-Hur Remake

Ben Hur Remake
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.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    I’m up for anything with a Jesus Christ cameo.

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  • J.D.W. said

    If they had any sense, They should put the original
    “BEN-HUR” back in theatres for Easter, not make a remake.
    I hope they rethink that remake idea, and not do it.
    We do have alot of big theatres that can show a picture of such cinematic magnitude.

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  • Steve Pinder said

    I agree with the previous comment – give the original a spring clean, do a Titanic and introduce 3D and IMax – then we can all see this glorious 1959 film in all of its spectacle.Incidentally, if MGM or anyone else want another treatment of the story watch out for Stephen Soul’s adapted screen-scenario/novel due later for publication this year.

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  • Arun s said

    Ben-Hur back in the day was a great epic of a movie. I can’t imagine which actors/actresses will take on the key roles. Charleston Heston was perfect at the time as Judah Ben-Hur and Stephen Boyd as Messala, his relentless buddy turned hateful adversary.
    I feel Russell Crowe of Gladiator fame among others would be good in either role and a bunch of other guys including Daniel Craig a cool Bond would be good in either role as well.
    With today’s HD and 3D formats especially in IMAX, it ought to be exciting. Special effects and props used these days will heighten the experience.
    TUT coming to theaters is going to be good with Ben Kingsley etc. but Yul Brynner as Ramses in The Ten Commandments was so perfect with his eyes and strut could never ever be improved on. What an actor, wow!
    Same with the King and I.

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