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While Mr. Peabody & Sherman does have some cultural recognition outside of the States (mostly through parodies on other shows), it might be a slightly tougher sell here and in other countries. Still, DreamWorks Animation is boldly giving it a shot, even if this first trailer doesn’t quite reach the heights of, say, How To Train Your Dragon. Mr. Peabody, for those unaware, is the world’s smartest dog. Cultured, kind, witty and a little bit sniffy sometimes (not just around fire hydrants), he regularly entertains presidents and has even invented time travel via a machine called The Wabac (pronounced The Way Back).He’s also adopted a human boy, Sherman, and is raising him as his son. When Mr. Peabody tries to get Sherman to befriend Penny, the result is an unauthorised trip back in time and a rip in the space / time continuum, which wreaks havoc on the »
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, »
Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") penned the earlier draft for this new version which is said to stick closer to Wallace's original novel. MGM sold the rights to the 1959 film back in the 1980s, but Wallace's novel is in the public domain.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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 »
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 »
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.
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- Craig Hunter
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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
Resolution has signed screenwriter Keith Clarke. Clarke co-wrote with Peter Weir the filmmaker’s 2010 Colin Farrell-Ed Harris drama The Way Back and is currently generating heat in Hollywood for writing a new take on Ben-Hur. Clarke is serving as an executive producer on the MGM project, which adapts Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a 1880 novel by Lew Wallace. Timur Bekmambetov is in negotiations to direct. Clarke's producing partner, Joni Levin, will produce with Sean Daniel. Clarke and Levin's Point Blank Productions is presently working with Lasse Hallstrom to helm Tom’s Dad, from a script
- Borys Kit
Bruce Beresford and John Stoddart“I was always interested in drawing and painting as a child,” states John Stoddart. "I grew up in Sydney and there wasn’t much theatre at that time. There were no film schools so architecture was the closest thing with an artistic background that I could find. I don’t think I was aware of the theatre until I came to London. I had been to some plays in Sydney but not many. I became more interested during the 1960s and I had no knowledge of opera which I specialized in the theatre.” The trip to England led to an encounter with another Sydney University graduate who would become a frequent collaborator. “I worked with various architects for five years. I was able to branch out on my own. »
The Way Way Back's writer-directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon thrust themselves into the limelight at the 2012 Oscars by putting their best legs forward, Angelina Jolie-style, after bagging an Academy Award for The Descendants.
Both are already familiar faces on the small screen - Rash for Community, Faxon the short-lived Ben & Kate - but they're in front of and behind the camera for this week's coming-of-age comedy The Way Way Back.
The Way Way Back is showing in cinemas now. »
Norway’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year is finally sailing in on DVD and Blu-ray. From Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, Kon-tiki is available to own now and will remind you of how Hollywood used to do movies. This is one you will want to add to your collection.
From the directing duo of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Max Manus: Man of War, Bandidas), Kon-tiki is based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyderdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point.
In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Hagen) embarks on an astonishing expedition – a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv (Agnes Kittlesen), Thor »
- Michelle McCue
Oh, Blake's 7 - it's been a rocky road to revival-dom. A new series based on Terry Nation's cult classic was first mooted back in 2008, when Sky1 expressed an interest in producing two 60-minute specials...
The broadcaster ultimately backed out, following an extensive development process, in 2010. Reports of a Us network remake then surfaced in mid-2012, solidifying in April this year when cable channel Syfy announced that it had ordered 13 hour-long episodes...
But now the project's fate has been thrown into question *again*. Despite initial reports claiming that it would air the remake on its Xbox Live digital network, Microsoft now appears to have denied any involvement in bringing Blake back to our screens.
Will Blake's 7ever find The Way Back to television? Perhaps previous attempts to revive cult TV classics could provide us with a clue? Join the Week in Geek for a look back at the best »
The star of Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ tells HollywoodLife.com Exclusively all about the latest season of her show, her in-the-works album, and how she always looks so red carpet-ready! Read on for more details!
Debby Ryan, 20, truly does it all. Not only does she have her very own Disney Channel original series, Jessie, but she’s also an incredibly talented singer and songwriter — not to mention one of our favorite beauty inspirations here at Hollywoodlife.com. We spoke to Debby Exclusively about her busy life and all of her upcoming projects!
We were so excited when word broke in March that Jessie had been renewed for a third season — but Debby was even more thrilled when she found out. Debby says the news was “exciting and happy! Business Woman Debby was very proud and like, ‘Cool! I have a job! »
- HL Intern
Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") is penning the script based on Lew Wallace's bestselling 1880 novel. The property was most famously adapted before into William Wyler's 1959 feature starring Charlton Heston.
The news comes as Bekmambetov exits the in-development historical drama "The Current War" at Film Rites.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline has learned that "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov is in talks with MGM to remake "Ben-Hur," which is based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel that outsold every book (outside of the Bible) until was eventually beaten by "Gone With the Wind." Negotiations started after MGM acquired a script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), who wrote a story that's faithful to the book, but is different from the 1959 Charlton Heston film. MGM actually released the 1959 film, but sold it to Ted Turner in the 1980s. The book, however, is in public domain, which means that MGM can once again make a "Ben-Hur" movie, bt it can't be a duplicate of the original movie. »
Deadline is reporting that Timur Bekmabetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to direct Ben-Hur for MGM. The studio was once teetering in the edge of failure, but thanks to the double whammy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Skyfall, MGM finds itself flush with cash. They want to use some of those ducats to fund a remake of Ben-Hur.
The film will be based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was written in 1880 by Lew Wallace. The book was a best seller and was second only to the Bible. It was turned into a film in 1959 starring Charlton Heston and directed by William Wyler. There is also a silent film that came out in 1929.
Here’s a synopsis of the book courtesy of Barnes & Noble:
A tale of betrayal and redemption, set at the beginning of the first century
Lew Wallace’s »
- Philip Sticco
The story of Ben-Hur has a long history of success. It started off as an 1880 novel by Lew Wallace called “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” which was so popular upon its release that it trailed only the bible in sales up until “Gone With the Wind” came along and usurped it. It was then adapted into a film, called simply Ben-Hur, by William Wyler in 1959. That film starred Charlton Heston, it won 11 Academy Awards, and it has been pretty continuously watched by every new generation that’s come along since its release. If there’s one thing the story of Ben-Hur probably isn’t though, it’s hip, so MGM has plans to remake it with modern actors and a more modern touch. The plan started out when the studio bought a spec script by Keith Clark (The Way Back) that offers up a new adaptation of the classic tale of a Jewish prince sold into »
- Nathan Adams
We first reported on the project back in January, when MGM acquired the spec screenplay from Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back). The script is said to be much more faithful to the original 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, exploring the early years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, who grew up as best friends before the Roman Empire took over Jerusalem. The story follows Ben-Hur as he is sold into slavery by Messalla years later. The script also includes the tale of Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel with Ben-Hur's, and culminates with his death at the hands of Pontius Pilate.
Timur Bekmambetov's deal has not been fully worked out yet, »
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