MGM planning Ben Hur remake

Will incorporate Jesus into the plot

MGM has revealed plans to remake swords and sandals epic Ben-Hur, with the studio set to take steps to make the tale even more Biblical than ever before.

Despite the 1959 film being one of the most revered in silver screen history, MGM is keen to give it a lick of paint, working from a spec script by Keith Clarke that is apparently more faithful to original book, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.

That authenticity will manifest itself largely through the decision to focus less upon the feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, and more on their formative years, before the latter’s betrayal.

The story of Christ will also be worked into proceedings to give the story a little more religious clout. Say what you like about the need for such a remake, but it certainly isn’t lacking in ambition.

Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are attached to produce, although no director has been announced at this stage. Sounds like whoever signs on will have their work cut out on this one…

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 15th 2013, 18:33

      You'd think MGM might have learned their lesson during bankruptcy.

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    • loveroflostgirl

      Jan 16th 2013, 17:37

      Well it's been a long time indeed since we've had a large scale biblical epic so i guess there's a curiosity factor to this but aside from that i really can't see the point. This project is the textbook definition of being 'on a hiding to nothing'!

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    • HarleyquinnLove

      Jan 26th 2013, 2:36

      this is beyond horrible. it was one of the greatest biblical movies of all time. if they remake this it will ruin what it stood for when it came out. It will completly destroy the movie.

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    • HarleyquinnLove

      Jan 26th 2013, 2:36

      i have lost all hope for the film industry.

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    • SJMJ91

      Feb 10th 2013, 12:17

      What many people seem to forget is that the 1959 version of Ben-Hur is a remake itself but I agree that it is a ridiculous idea and that they should leave it alone!

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