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Old 01-14-13, 07:16 PM
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Ben-Hur (Bekmambetov, 2016) S: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman

http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/new-...wallace-novel/


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EXCLUSIVE: What a difference $2 billion in late fall box office business has done for MGM‘s ambitions. The studio is planning to unleash a new version of Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.

MGM, which emerged from bankruptcy and is raising new funding after Skyfall crossed $1 billion worldwide gross and The Hobbit heads to the $900 million mark, is buying a Ben-Hur spec by Keith Clarke (he scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back), and the package comes with Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing.

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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

Maybe this one will have less Jesus in it.
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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

Has anyone actually read Ben-Hur? Is it worth reading? Fuck, I didn't even know it was based off a book.
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We were forced to read it in junior high.
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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

I look forward to Channing Tatum in the lead role, with a CGI chariot race filmed in the style of the Fast and Furious movies.
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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

A remake of Ben-Hur? Blasphemy and outrage!

Oh, wait.

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I look forward to Channing Tatum in the lead role, with a CGI chariot race filmed in the style of the Fast and Furious movies.
The '59 chariot race alone would probably cost $1B today. Probably more.
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Has anyone actually read Ben-Hur? Is it worth reading? Fuck, I didn't even know it was based off a book.
I've always been curious to read it, only because the author, General Lew Wallace, was the Governor of New Mexico when Billy the Kid was on the loose and was even asked to pardon him at one point, although the deal he made fell apart. Wallace was played by Jason Robards in Peckinpah's PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (1973).

How often has that happened? Someone famous for something else who is also a participant in a historical event that's totally unrelated to what he's famous for.
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The '59 chariot race alone would probably cost $1B today. Probably more.
I am actually a pro-remake guy, but the chariot race is the reason why I think this is one of the few that shouldn't be touched.
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The '59 chariot race alone would probably cost $1B today. Probably more.
It would all be CGI, so as not to put any horses at risk of injury.

Just one more reason why this is a really bad idea!
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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

I look forward to Channing Tatum in the lead role, with a CGI chariot race filmed in the style of the Fast and Furious movies.
No please no!!
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Re: MGM developing Ben-Hur update

This all depends on what kind of director they get.
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Originally Posted by Supermallet View Post
Maybe this one will have less Jesus in it.
I believe that will happen.
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I believe that will happen.
It can hardly be more garish than the Charlton Heston version.
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I look forward to Channing Tatum in the lead role, with a CGI chariot race filmed in the style of the Fast and Furious movies.
No, no, Channing Tatum as Messala, Taylor Kitsch as Ben-Hur.
And Emma Stone as Esther, Kevin Spacey as Quintus Arrius.
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I look forward to Channing Tatum in the lead role, with a CGI chariot race filmed in the style of the Fast and Furious movies.
You know, Justin Bieber has been wanting to move beyond music...
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You know, Justin Bieber has been wanting to move beyond music...
Oh...I was going to defend Justin until I realized you were talking about Bieber and not Timberlake.
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No Chuck Heston = No Sale!
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Ben Hur (Bekmambetov, 2016) S: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman

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Timur Bekmambetov's remake of classic BEN-HUR just gained a couple of producers who know their way around a Biblical epic. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of recent cable hit THE BIBLE, have joined BEN-HUR in a similar capacity to help shepherd the movie to the big screen.

Deadline reports that the MGM/Paramount film will serve more as a new adaptation of the original novel rather than the 1959 movie that starred Charlton Heston. Both will retain the same core plot.

A falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him, as both have to choose retribution or forgiveness. In the backdrop is the journey of Jesus Christ, leading up to him being crucified.
The new BEN-HUR is being scripted by Keith Clarke and 12 YEARS A SLAVE Oscar winner John Ridley. No cast has been announced yet but the movie signals Hollywood's continued return to large scale epics based on or set during the Old Testament. Darren Aronofsky's NOAH has proven to be a global success with over $300 million gross to date. Ridley Scott's EXODUS will hit theaters at the end of this year and now BEN-HUR has announced a release date of February 26, 2016.

Remaking a Best Picture winner still seems like a bad idea and Timur Bekmambetov is not exactly known for making historically accurate films (ahem, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER), but you cannot argue he may reinvent the iconic chariot scene from the first film in a very unique manner.
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Re: Ben Hur (Remake, 2016)

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Re: Ben Hur (Remake, 2016)

Meh, with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett behind this I doubt it will have a theatrical release. A 3 night mini series event sounds more like it.
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Well, I'm pretty sure that this remake will triumph Ramon Navarro's 1925 silent & William Wyler's 1959 versions. Both were shoddy, low-budget productions that were box-office & critical failures.



Wiki says there was actually a 2010 Canadian miniseries co-starring (among others) Kristin Kreuk, Emily Van Camp, Alex Kingston, Hugh Bonneville, & Ray Winstone. Ben-Hur was played by some guy from Vampire Diaries & Originals, & some obscure actor played Messala.
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Meh, with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett behind this I doubt it will have a theatrical release. A 3 night mini series event sounds more like it.
Actually, it will be a six hour TV mini-series, then be edited down to 2 hours for theatrical release (featuring 2 never-before-seen minutes!).
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I think there was an animated version with Heston's voice as well. Is the 1925 version any good? If all goes well, I'll be seeing a DCP of 1956 version next week.

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