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There will be joy again! MGM is rebooting Ben-Hur

01.14.2013

Many cinephiles consider 1959's BEN-HUR to be an achievement in filmmaking. But what if I told you they were putting this story on the reboot pile?

Since MGM is on the up and up, it looks like they are expanding their horizons for bigger and better project to undertake in the next few years. They can thank SKYFALL and THE HOBBIT for everything. The studio has decided to buy Keith Clarke's (THE WAY BACK) spec script for BEN-HUR. Don't go looking for this to be a remake, as I said it's a reboot. MGM sold the rights to the Charlton Heston starer back in the 80s. Since the rights to Lew Wallace's book are up for grabs, so is the take on the new film. The script is said to focus more on the novel rather than the feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala.

The film will, "tell the formative story of the characters as they grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude. Messala mocks Judah and his religion and when a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates it so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life."

"Judah doesn’t die, and vows revenge on Messala which, like in the films, culminates in the famed chariot races. There is another way the script differs from the movie, in that it will tell the parallel tale of Jesus Christ, with whom Ben-Hur has several encounters which moves him to become a believer in the Messiah, and which culminates in Christ being sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate. Intertwined in all this is the lifelong struggle between Ben-Hur and Messala."

Producer Sean Daniel said this on the project, “It’s one of the great stories of friendship and betrayal, and faith, that works in the context of a big onscreen action thriller for a global audience."

Are you in favor of a reboot?

Source: Deadline

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5:10PM on 01/15/2013
I can not believe it.........just check http://2.gp/qmqA
I can not believe it.........just check http://2.gp/qmqA
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7:18AM on 01/15/2013
April foo......really????? What next????
April foo......really????? What next????
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1:34AM on 01/15/2013

So..how does it differ?

It says it will differ from the original....but the description seems on par with the original. I don't get it. Either way, I don't think there is a need for a reboot...the original is great.
It says it will differ from the original....but the description seems on par with the original. I don't get it. Either way, I don't think there is a need for a reboot...the original is great.
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11:35PM on 01/14/2013

Oh My...

is nothing sacred anymore?! Remakes are tiresome, boring and hardly ever work.

Move along film fans, there is DEFINITELY nothing to see here!
is nothing sacred anymore?! Remakes are tiresome, boring and hardly ever work.

Move along film fans, there is DEFINITELY nothing to see here!
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10:11PM on 01/14/2013
Charlton Heston would kick the ass of whoever came up with this idea. Which is really just everyone over at MGM probably.
Charlton Heston would kick the ass of whoever came up with this idea. Which is really just everyone over at MGM probably.
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10:08PM on 01/14/2013
Wow.....no classic is safe now. Expect Citizen Kane to be remade by Michael Bay and starring Adam Sandler.
Wow.....no classic is safe now. Expect Citizen Kane to be remade by Michael Bay and starring Adam Sandler.
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8:58PM on 01/14/2013
For the love of God, Why???
For the love of God, Why???
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8:02PM on 01/14/2013
No thank you. The 1959 film still holds up beautifully. Even the special effects still work. No way they will ever be able to improve on that film.
No thank you. The 1959 film still holds up beautifully. Even the special effects still work. No way they will ever be able to improve on that film.
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7:57PM on 01/14/2013

neutral

im not against it but i'm not exactly eagerly anticipating this one. I'll wait patiently
im not against it but i'm not exactly eagerly anticipating this one. I'll wait patiently
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