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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
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
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 »
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 »
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
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Joe: Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it’s hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
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Capote: Philip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for his intimate embodiment of the great American oddball in this darkly engaging portrait [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Grease: 1950s high-school nostalgia, with singing and dancing [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Way Back: astonishing true-life survival adventure from director Peter Weir, with great performances by Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, and Jim Sturgess [at Amazon Instant Video] Wayne’s World: party on with Wayne and Garth [at Amazon Instant Video] Dredd: a surprisingly interesting performance by Karl Urban and a few unexpected moments of poignancy and intrigue can’t quite overcome the rote action of this postapocalyptic cop story »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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A group of young woman mysteriously vanish in Picnic at Hanging Rock.
This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath in the 1975 drama-mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock put director Peter Weir (The Way Back) on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema.
Set at the turn of the twentieth century,Â Picnic at Hanging Rock concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing.
Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day.
Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition of the movie includes the »
Georgia was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (Siff) which closed at the weekend with the Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Director award going to Levan Koguashvili’s second feature Blind Dates.
The melancholic comedy, which premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum last month, also received the Fipresci International Film Critics’ Prize. Handled internationally by Films Boutique, it is already booked to screen at the April festivals in Wiesbaden (goEast) and Lecce and in Odessa in July.
Presenting the Grand Prix to Koguashvili, the International Jury’s president producer Alexander Rodnyansky said that the jury’s discussion on the top prize had ¨lasted only about 10 minutes and was unanimous. This film has become the absolute winner of this festival!¨
In addition, Vladimer Katcharava of Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Production received the Sofia Meetings’ €10,000 Digimage - Lvt Postproduction Award for Miriam Khachvani’s Dede which he pitched in the Plus Minus »
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10 items from 2014
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