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By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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. Just last week, 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. Ridley is now also attached to write and exec produce an ABC drama series titled American Crime, which follows a racially-charged murder case and the trial that follows. It reads like it'll be an ensemble piece, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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. Just last week, 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. Ridley is now also attached to write and exec produce an ABC drama series titled American Crime, which follows a racially-charged murder case and the trial that follows. It reads like it'll be an ensemble piece, as audiences will experience the murder and trial through the eye of several different people who are, in some way, connected to the events. It'll frankly tackle race, class and gender politics in the USA. No Eta on delivery yet. And not only did Ridley adapt 12 Years A. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley is suddenly very much in demand. Now that the novelist, playwright, and former Wanda Sykes Show head writer has spun brutality and misery into success by writing about the grim realities of slavery in antebellum Louisiana for director Steve McQueen, he’s been chosen to tackle the grim realities of slavery in Roman-occupied Judea for director Timbur Bekmambetov’s remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur. Though, perhaps “remake” is not quite the word, since—as we’ve reported before—this adaptation will be a more “faithful” adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel »
We reported last month that Timur Bekmambetov was in talks to direct the reboot, and now his deal has been finalized. Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back) wrote the original screenplay, which is reportedly much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel. The story explores the formative years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, before Messalla sold his friend into slavery after the Roman Empire took over Jerusalem. The script also features Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel to Ben-Hur's, culminating with his death at the hands of Pontius Pilate.
Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing for MGM, with Keith R. Clarke and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. The filmmakers plan on casting soon, with production tentatively scheduled to start next spring.
John Ridley's other writing credits include U-Turn, »
Check out today's screenwriter news for the following films: The Greatest Showman on Earth - Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) will rewrite Fox's contemporary musical biopic of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Michael Gracey. Ben-Hur - MGM's reboot of the Biblical-era epic will be scripted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) for director Timur Bekmambetov. Hit the jump for more. THR reports that Condon will rewrite The Greatest Showman on Earth. The picture centers on "the legendary showman who created the three-ring circus and loved to hoax a gullible public. A focal point of the movie is Barnum’s infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind, dubbed the Swedish Nightingale. No actress is attached to that role yet". Condon will rewrite the original draft from Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City). Condon will next direct the Sherlock Holmes picture, A Slight Trick of the Mind, starring Ian McKellen. Deadline reports »
- Dave Trumbore
After years of scripting a wide array of television shows including the crime-drama series Third Watch and sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The John Larroquette Show, writer John Ridley has made his mark in movies with the universally lauded new drama 12 Years a Slave. And while the film readies for its theatrical expansion in the coming weeks, Ridley is landing a big new project with MGM. Variety reports the veteran screenwriter has been hired to rewrite the screenplay for the proposed Ben-Hur remake. When most people think of Ben-Hur, they think of the 1959 epic which starred Charlton Heston. This incarnation was not only iconic but also an eleven-time Academy Award winner. However, Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ has inspired a four films to date, including a silent film short and an animated version that went straight to video, plus a mini-series. Still, »
The project began taking shape earlier this year when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, adapted from 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
With his work on 12 Years A Slave already much-praised and Oscar-buzzed (along with many elements of the film), writer John Ridley has been hired to write about another famous – albeit fictional – slave, as he’ll turn his attention to the script for MGM’s new version of Ben-Hur.The film, a new adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1800 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, has been in development for nearly a year now, based on a spec script from The Way Back’s Keith Clarke. This last August, director Timur Bekmambetov locked in a deal to call the shots.Ridley will use Clarke’s drafts to move the screenplay forward, which will attempt to carve out its own take on the story and get out of the shadow of the 1959 Charlton Heston version. It’ll follow more of the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up »
MGM has hired John 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. That Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is attached to direct, makes this an even tougher pill for me to swallow, given the filmmaker's visual style. This reboot will probably be closer in look and feel to films like 300 than anything resembling the 1959 Charleton Heston epic, directed by William Wyler, that cleaned up at the Oscars (there was an even earlier adaptation in the 1920s). Although he's been around for a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: MGM has set 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley to do a rewrite on Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which Timur Bekmambetov will direct, based on the Ben-Hur spec the studio bought from Keith Clarke (The Way Back). The intention is to begin casting soon and start production on this big sprawling film in the spring. It’s based on the book that for its time outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind. Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. Related: Sweet Chariot! MGM Is Re-Booting ‘Ben-Hur’ MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov To Steer Chariot On ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot MGM released the 1959 Charlton Heston-starrer Ben-Hur, as well as the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. MGM sold the Heston film »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
First announced earlier this year , MGM is planning a new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ . Following word in August that Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is set to helm comes news today, via Variety , that 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will provide the screenplay. Wallace's text has been previously adapted for the stage, screen and radio with William Wyler's 1959 feature film version the most well-known today. The new adaptation began as a spec script by Keith Clarke ( The Way Back ) and follows Wallace's original novel and the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince sold into slavery who then vows revenge against the man responsible. Set in the early years of the first century, Ben-Hur's struggles parallel those of Jesus »
Handsome star of spaghetti westerns including A Pistol for Ringo
When the spaghetti western was born in the early 1960s, some of the Italian lead actors disguised their names under American-sounding ones (though nobody was fooled). Among those competing successfully with bona fide Yanks such as Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef were Terence Hill (born Mario Girotti), Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) and Montgomery Wood, a temporary pseudonym taken by Giuliano Gemma, who has died in a car accident aged 75.
The strikingly handsome Gemma was one of the brightest stars of the once deprecated, now revered, genre. After five years in sword-and-sandal epics (also known as peplum films), usually supporting muscle men, Gemma made a name for himself (even if, initially, it wasn't his own) in two westerns directed by Duccio Tessari: A Pistol for Ringo (1965) and The Return of Ringo (1965). Their big box-office success granted Gemma stardom and »
- Ronald Bergan
Italian actor Giuliano Gemma has died, in a car accident in Rome. He was 75. Gemma—whose distinctive features included a scar on his cheek, which he received after an explosive device he found while playing as a child during World War II went off in his face—initially broke into movies as a stuntman. He appeared in more than 70 films during his long career, including credited appearances in the William Wyler-Charlton Heston version of Ben-Hur (1959), the Vittorio De Sica-Sophia Loren segment of the 1962 anthology film Boccaccio ’70, and Luchino Visconi’s epic masterpiece The Leopard (1953 »
A few months ago we brought you news that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov was being eyed as a potential candidate to helm MGM’s remake of Biblical epic Ben-hur. Well, after mulling it over, the studio have indeed chosen the Russian-Kazakh filmmaker who made his name with startling supernatural thriller and international smash, Night Watch.
MGM are hopping on the Biblical bandwagon with the likes of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus due next year and want their own telling of the Christ story based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It was previously adapted for the big-screen in William Wyler’s 1956 classic starring Charlton Heston. Bekmambetov will direct from a script by The Way Back’s Keith Clarke.
Who would be your choice for the title role?
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- Craig Hunter
Forgive him, he knows not what he does. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov has signed on to direct a remake of the biblical epic, Ben-Hur. The original starred Charlton Heston as the titular hero whose life and experiences intertwine with those of Jesus Christ, particularly in the build up to Christ's crucifixion in the 1959 movie that earned 11 Oscars, a record not surpassed until Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King in 2003. »
It’s far too early to say whether or not the old-fashioned big-budget Bible epic will mount a convincing comeback, but 2014 will see the release of two high-profile, Bible-themed projects. Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is a large-scale version of the Noah’s Ark story, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus is a new take on the tale of Moses.
We first heard about MGM’s attempt to remake the often-filmed Ben-Hur nearly a year ago. The main candidate for director of the new remake, based on the best-selling 1880 novel by Lew Wallace (originally titled Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ), was said to be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov.
Now, a report from ...
- Anthony Vieira
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
About a month ago we reported that Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was in talks to direct the Ben-Hur remake for MGM. We now have unofficial confirmation that Bekmambetov will indeed take the reins of the new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. MGM was wise to pick up Keith Clarke's spec script of the Biblical epic, with Darren Aronofsky's Noah prepping to launch for Paramount and New Regency, and Ridley Scott's Exodus set to open in December 2014 for 20th Century Fox; that studio also will release a theatrical cut of The Bible miniseries coming under the title of Son of God. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Bekmambetov and MGM have finalized their deal for the former to helm Ben-Hur. The story, classically adapted for the screen in William Wyler's 1956 epic starring Charlton Heston and winning a whopping 11 Oscars, »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: I first reported last month that MGM was courting Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov to helm Ben-Hur. I have now confirmed that the helmer and the studio have closed their deal for him to direct a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which in its time outsold every book but the Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind. MGM bought a Ben-Hur spec by Keith Clarke (he scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back). Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing, with Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. Related: MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov To Steer ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot Sweet Chariot! MGM Is Re-Booting ‘Ben-Hur’ This gives MGM its biblical epic at a time when History’s The Bible was such a miniseries success that Fox is going to theatrically release the truncated movie-length version Son Of God; Paramount »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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