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Back in August, it was reported that "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov was in talks to direct a remake of "Ben-Hur," which is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel that outsold every book (outside of the Bible) until it was eventually beaten by "Gone With the Wind." Now comes word that Bekmambetov is officially on board and will directed from a script by Keith Clarke, John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). The production also added Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producers of "The Bible" mini-series and "Son of God." MGM just set a release date for "Ben-Hur," which will hit theaters on February 26th, 2016. »
It’s not technically a remake, since the script for director Timur Bekmambetov’s new production is based on the source novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, and not the 1959 film adaptation that starred Charlton Heston and won 11 Academy Awards. But still, audiences will undoubtedly be rolling their eyes at the prospect of yet another unoriginal story elbowing its way into the multiplexes. Ben-Hur already has four film adaptations and a TV mini-series to his name. Surely we’ve seen all this before, right? Well, maybe not.
As reported by Variety, this adaptation is written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) holding the reins. MGM began developing the project before welcoming Paramount aboard as co-producers and distributors, following previous collaborations on films such as Hercules and Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. It will also be produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, »
- Sarah Myles
Burnett and Downey previously also produced the recently released film 'Son of God,' which used the footage from 'The Bible.' (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
Timur Bekmambetov will direct the story of a wrongly accused nobleman condemned to years of slavery who exacts revenge on his best friend.
In keeping with the outlook of Burnett and Downey, the film will focus on the nature of faith and revisit the themes of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. Ridley will revise Clarke’s screenplay.
MGM will handle production. Paramount will distribute worldwide while MGM retains select territories and all television rights.
Charlton Heston starred »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Looks like another beloved film is getting a remake, this time around it's Charlton Heston's classic film Ben-Hur. MGM announced today that they've brought on a pair of new producers to the project (who are no strangers to Biblical style epics), and while doing so, also revealed a release date for the upcoming film. Come inside to learn more about it.
Let me get this out of the way first...I think a new Ben-Hur movie could be awesome. The original story is pretty darn fun and entertaining, but younger audiences don't want to give the older film the chance. So a remake could really work, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. The film is set to release on February 26, 2016, and has added a pair of producers who've previously worked on this year's Son of God. From the press release:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
MGM and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur remake now has a release date and a pair of interesting producers. Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is onboard to helm the epic, and MGM and Paramount have now slated the film for release on February 26, 2016. Moreover, The Bible and Son of God producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have come aboard the project as producers, which could potentially mean the redo might bridge the gap between Hollywood tentpole and the recent flurry of successful faith-based features. Based on Lew Wallace’s novel of the same name, Bekmambetov’s film focuses on the nature of faith as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him. Hit the jump for more on this curious project. Wallace’s novel was, of course, adapted to the big screen in 1959 by director William Wyler, »
- Adam Chitwood
If there is one thing producer Mark Burnett proved with the February release of Son of God, it’s that he knows how to reach a Christian audience. His film, which relied primarily on footage shot from his successful Bible mini-series, has earned close to $60 million domestically — a gross achieved primarily from faith-based consumers encouraged to attend by their churches, which Burnett and producing partner/wife/actress Roma Downey courted enthusiastically.
Now the two devout Christians are joining up with Paramount/MGM on the remake of the 1959 film Ben-Hur, which is already slated to debut on February 26, 2016. From a script »
- Nicole Sperling
New York (AP) — Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will produce a new version of the historical epic "Ben-Hur," as the faith-based film revival continues on the big screen. Paramount Pictures and MGM announced Friday that they will co-produce "Ben-Hur" with Burnett and Downey, who also made the recent miniseries "The Bible." The film is set for release in February 2016. Lewis Wallace's 1880 novel has been adapted several times, most notably the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. Famous for its chariot race scene, the film won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture. Burnett and Downey also produced the recently released film "Son of God," which used footage from "The Bible." Paramount has helped drive Hollywood's new attention to biblical epics with Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." It recently crossed $300 million in global box office. Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. »
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (Son of God) have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures' Ben-Hur, it was announced today by Gary Barber, MGM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Paramount Pictures. The studios will co-produce the film, which is set for release on February 26, 2016. Burnett joins producers Sean Daniel (The Mummy Franchise) and Joni Levin (The Way Back), while Downey joins as an executive producer.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the film. The screenplay, originally written by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back), with revisions by Academy Award-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. Downey (The Bible) and John Ridley will serve as executive producers along with Keith R. Clarke and Jason F. Brown.
The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace's epic novel focusing on the nature of faith. The story follows »
"Son of God" and "The Bible" producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are hopping onboard Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake at MGM and Paramount. Burnett will produce and Downey will executive produce.
The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel focuses on a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him but both have to choose between retribution and forgiveness.
In a statement, Burnett and Downey said: "What an honor it will be to help bring this epic film back to the big screen. When Gary Barber allowed us to read John Ridley's amazing script, we immediately knew we had to join this team. We are thrilled to be able work with Timur, Sean, John and the entire MGM and Paramount teams. General Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur is one of the most important Christian works of fiction ever written and this script is astounding. »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking: After scoring huge ratings with the miniseries The Bible and carving out a second theatrical hit with the same footage in Son Of God, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur. Deadline has long been telling you about this ambitious new adaptation of the Lew Wallace 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ, with script by Keith Clarke and Oscar winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley, and Timur Bekmambetov directing. Related: Sweet Chariot! MGM is Rebooting ‘Ben-Hur’ MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov For ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot Paramount signed on to co-produce and distribute, and after the rocky time the studio had with the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah convincing the faithful that the Biblical epic didn’t blaspheme the Old Testament tale and having the film banned in Muslim territories, it’s not surprising that they would add Burnett and his wife, the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are bringing their experience with faith-based content to MGM and Paramount's Ben-Hur. Burnett is joining as a producer while Downey joins as an executive producer. The Paramount and MGM co-production is being directed by Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov. Photos: Jesus in Film and TV The film is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ about the nature of faith. The story focuses on a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him, but both have to
- Hilary Lewis
The studios are co-producing the film, set for release on Feb. 26, 2016.
“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke and Jason F. Brown.
The project began taking shape last year when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, an adaption of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” That story focuses on the years prior to those portrayed the 1959 film, centering on the characters Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family. »
- Dave McNary
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are becoming Hollywood's official ambassador's to the religious community. MGM and Paramount announced on Friday that the husband-wife team, who spearheaded the massively successful History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” have joined the studios’ remake of the classic “Ben-Hur,” and will serve as executive producers. Also read: ‘God's Not Dead’ Isn't Going Away, and Neither Are Faith-Based Films The announcement put out by the studios tells all there is to know about the importance of Burnett and Downey's involvement. “The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace's epic novel focusing on the nature of faith, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey ( Son of God ) have joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures' Ben-Hur , it was announced today by Gary Barber, MGM.s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Paramount Pictures. The studios will co-produce the film, which is set for release on February 26, 2016. Burnett joins producers Sean Daniel ("The Mummy" franchise) and Joni Levin ( The Way Back ), while Downey joins as an executive producer. Timur Bekmambetov ( Wanted ) will direct the film. The screenplay, originally written by Keith Clarke ( ), with revisions by Academy Award-winner John Ridley ( 12 Years a Slave ), is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 epic novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ." Downey ("The Bible") and John Ridley will serve as »
0 0 1 166 950 Latino-Review 7 2 1114 14.0 Normal 0 false false false En-us Ja X-none Paramount and MGM are working together to bring the tale of Ben-Hur to the big screen. Paramount will co-produce and distribute the MGM project.
According to Variety, Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is set to direct the project from a script by 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley and Keith Clarke. The film is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ." The tale revolves around two storylines: the story of Jesus and the story of Ben-Hur. The latter follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Slavery and betrayal are two topics Ridley and Clarke have proven they know how to write about very well.
MGM and Paramount are also working together to release Hercules, »
- Laura Frances
When William Wyler directed Ben-Hur in the late 1950s, and before it went on to win 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, I wonder what the target audience wasc Now, 55 years later, Paramount and MGM are readying a remake with a screenplay written by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) for Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to direct. Who is the target audience this time and is it the same as it was back in 1959c amz asin="B004RJ43ZI" size="small"Based on the 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" written by Lew Wallace, the story follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Charlton Heston led the original film and won the Best Actor Oscar for it. Now when it comes to the question of the target audience, I »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount and MGM are teaming to co-produce and distribute the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur".
The new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Paramount and MGM have been teaming up a lot lately on films like "GI Joe: Retaliation" and the upcoming "Hercules" and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Having already worked together on the forthcoming “Hercules,” Paramount and MGM look ready to join forces on another famous character.
Sources tell Variety Paramount will co-produce and distribute MGM’s upcoming remake of “Ben-Hur.”
Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) is directing the project from a script by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.
Paramount and MGM had no comment.
The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
MGM and Paramount previously teamed up on the release of “GI Joe: Retaliation” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. »
- Justin Kroll
Although he's been around for a while, John Ridley's name is one that's been attracting some *heat* lately, thanks to all the fan-fare over Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, which Ridley penned the screenplay adaptation for. Last month, MGM hired Ridley to rewrite the script for its upcoming (and completely unnecessary) reboot of the classic Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. Also last year, Ridley set up an ABC drama series titled American Crime, which follows a racially-charged murder case and the trial that follows. He was write and exec produce. It's been announced today »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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