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Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is in the process of developing a Ben-Hur film for MGM and Paramount Pictures. According to Deadline, they've set a release date for February 26, 2016, and they are looking to cast Tom Hiddleston as Judah Ben-Hur.
The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, so it's more of an adaptation than it is a remake. I think it's great, too. As big a fan as I am of the original movie, I think a new vision of the story with today's filmmaking technology could be incredible.
No offer has been made yet, so the actor hasn't officially been cast. According to the report, there are other film offers that he's considering, and he can't do them all. A movie like Ben-Hur seems like it would be a huge deal, though. I mean… it's Ben freakin' Hur!
I think it'd »
- Joey Paur
The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.
Charlton Heston starred in the famous 1959 film.
Hiddleston has said that he will not reprise his role as Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Development of Ben-Hur is in the early stages. The film is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »
Deadline is reporting that Bekmambetov is interested in Tom Hiddleston for the role. I don't think anyone is in doubt that Hiddleston has the ability to absolutely kill in this role.
Here's a synopsis courtesy of Barnes & Noble:
The story takes its Jewish hero, Judah Ben-Hur, across the Roman Empire of the first century, initially on a quest for revenge against the Roman childhood friend who betrayed him and then finally on a more spiritual quest to understand the nature of the new teacher Jesus Christ.
Ben-Hur is set for release on February 26, 2016.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
Word is MGM, Paramount and director Timur Bekmambetov are courting Tom Hiddleston to star in Bekmambetov's questionable Ben-Hur remake with Hiddleston to play the title role of Judah Ben-Hur. Of course, I'm sure the word "remake" is something the production will avoid considering they wouldn't likely want to be compared to William Wyler's 1959, Charlton Heston-led classic. Then again, with all the CGI that's likely to be used I doubt there will be much of a comparison to be made. Like the 1959 version and the 1925 silent film, this one will be an adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ" and the screenplay was written by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back). Clarke's version is said to hue more closely to the book than previous versions, playing up a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ along with the blood feud between Ben-Hur and Messala. As much »
- Brad Brevet
Once a novel has already been adapted into a classic film, there’s understandably a lot of pushback against any attempts at another adaptation after that. Such is the case with Ben-Hur, the 1959 adaptation of Lew Wallace’s “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, which starred Charlton Heston as the eponymous Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish merchant who is condemned to slavery by his childhood friend, Messala, a commander of the Roman garrison.
Ben-Hur held the record for most Academy Awards for decades, which means that the upcoming revamp from Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov has quite a legacy to live up to. The spec script by Keith Clarke has recently been given a re-write by Oscar-winning 12 Years a ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
About two years ago, it was reported that MGM and Paramount Pictures were working on 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." It was then reported that "Wanted" helmer Timur Bekmambetov signed on direct from a script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). The film also got a release date of February 26th, 2016. Now comes word that the studios are in talks with Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in "The Avengers," to take the lead role. The plan is to take more elements from the book than the original film did by focusing more on the storyline involving Jesus Christ. »
With Timur Bekmambetov in place to direct, John Ridley figuring out the latest script draft and a 2016 release date racing towards MGM and Paramount like a runaway chariot, it appears the team behind the new Ben-Hur adaptation have a leading man in mind for the remake. Their choice? Tom Hiddleston.Before you start writing your Hur-ddleston fan fiction and dreaming up costume concepts, pull back on the reins. He’s only being wooed to take the part so far; talks have yet to even commence and Hiddleston is a man in demand, and is being courted for the likes of Me Before You (which is also produced by MGM, so that could likely be worked out).Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to follow more of the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. »
Tom Hiddleston as Ben-Hur? MGM and Paramount are hoping to make that happen. With a release date of February 26, 2016 already set for the studios' forthcoming adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, the "Avengers" star is being eyed to take on the title role in the film for director Timur Bekmambetov ("The Darkest Hour"), according to Deadline. If Hiddleston were to take on the part, he would be the fifth actor to play the iconic character after Herman Rottger (1907), Ramon Novarro (1925), Charlton Heston (1959) and Joseph Morgan (2010). Set in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" tells the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his rivalry with childhood friend Messala, a Roman commanding officer who has him falsely convicted for an alleged assassination attempt on the Roman governor. After being condemned to the Roman galleys, Judah later returns to Jerusalem to seek revenge on »
- Chris Eggertsen
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.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
While it isn't known if an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, Tom Hiddleston is reportedly mulling over other projects such as MGM's Me Before You.
We first reported on the project back in January 2013, when MGM picked up the spec screenplay by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back) after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy troubles with hits such as Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The script is reportedly much more faithful to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, which is currently in the public domain, centering on the early years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, who were best friends as children before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem. After Messalla leaves for five years to be educated, he mocks his former friend's religion, »
After creating chaos in Asgard and on Earth in the Thor franchise and The Avengers, it sounds like British actor Tom Hiddleston might venture into more traditional epic territory. Deadline has word that MGM and Paramount Pictures are courting the man who made Loki one of the most revered villains of the past decade to take the lead role in their remake of the classic Ben-Hur, or rather, the new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, directed by Timur Bekmambetov of Wanted. However, this isn't yet anywhere near being a done deal since he's considering other projects. More below! One other project that Hiddleston has on his potential future plate is Me Before You, an adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel that is also set up at MGM. That film focuses on a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (the role »
- Ethan Anderton
According to a new report, the studio are hoping to cast Tom Hiddleston (Avengers Assemble) as Judah Ben-Hur in the latest adaptation of 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ which was previously adapted in both 1925 as a silent film and later as the far more famous 1959 version with Charlton Heston.
However, Hiddleston has his hands full with a number of other projects, and it’s not clear whether the British actor has even entered talks as of yet. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill has also been considered.
This version of Ben-Hur will apparently be much closer to the book, and the site that broke this news have provided a synopsis of sorts giving us an »
- Josh Wilding
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
MGM and Paramount are starting to put together their cast for the Ben-Hur remake, and they have their sights set high for the lead role. Deadline reports that Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic, which has Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov set to helm. The pic is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was subsequently turned into a classic 1959 film starring Charlton Heston. Bemkambetov’s version is described as focusing 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 the prospect of Hiddleston’s casting. The folks at Deadline report that Hiddleston is apparently the top choice to fill Heston’s shoes in the Ben-Hur remake, but they caution that it’s not nearly a done deal. »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.
Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The cast of the upcoming MGM and Paramount remake of Ben-hur is beginning to take shape. Reports indicate that Tom Hiddleston is being sought out to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic. The Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) directed remake is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was adapted into the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley wrote the most recent draft of Ben-hur and the »
- Graham McMorrow
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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