Date: 15th January 2013
A remake of 'Ben-Hur' is being planned by major studio MGM, according to reports.
A script has been purchased by the studio which has been adapted by Keith Clarke, who penned the acclaimed POW drama 'The Way Back.
But it's thought that the new screenplay will take a slightly different angle than the Charlton Heston-fronted 1959 epic, directed by William Wyler and also made by MGM.
The new version, taken from Lew Wallace's book, originally published in 1880, will also concentrate on the story of Jesus Christ – right up to his crucifixion – as well as Judah Ben-Hur's feud with his childhood friend Messala.
Biblical epics are never the cheapest movies to make, but the newly invigorated studio is now sitting on a substantial war chest from the success of both 'Skyfall' and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'.
Source: Press Release