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Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur remake now slated for a 2016 release

04.25.2014

Timur Bekmambetov's remake of classic BEN-HUR just gained a couple of producers who know their way around a Biblical epic. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of recent cable hit THE BIBLE, have joined BEN-HUR in a similar capacity to help shepherd the movie to the big screen.

Deadline reports that the MGM/Paramount film will serve more as a new adaptation of the original novel rather than the 1959 movie that starred Charlton Heston. Both will retain the same core plot.

A falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him, as both have to choose retribution or forgiveness. In the backdrop is the journey of Jesus Christ, leading up to him being crucified.

The new BEN-HUR is being scripted by Keith Clarke and 12 YEARS A SLAVE Oscar winner John Ridley. No cast has been announced yet but the movie signals Hollywood's continued return to large scale epics based on or set during the Old Testament. Darren Aronofsky's NOAH has proven to be a global success with over $300 million gross to date. Ridley Scott's EXODUS will hit theaters at the end of this year and now BEN-HUR has announced a release date of February 26, 2016.

Remaking a Best Picture winner still seems like a bad idea and Timur Bekmambetov is not exactly known for making historically accurate films (ahem, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER), but you cannot argue he may reinvent the iconic chariot scene from the first film in a very unique manner.

Source: Deadline

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6:08PM on 04/27/2014
So it appears Biblical epics are going to make a brief resurgence. With a director like Timur Bekambetov behind the wheel I can only imagine how over the top this is going to be.

BEN-HUR STILL STANDS UP FINE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So it appears Biblical epics are going to make a brief resurgence. With a director like Timur Bekambetov behind the wheel I can only imagine how over the top this is going to be.

BEN-HUR STILL STANDS UP FINE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9:40AM on 04/27/2014
Remember when Lucas ripped off the chariot scene in The Phantom Menace? I do.
Remember when Lucas ripped off the chariot scene in The Phantom Menace? I do.
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7:34AM on 04/27/2014

WHAT THE HECK?

what the heck? THIS IS A CLASSIC....there are thousands of movies out there that could be remade but for some reason Hollywood wants to pick classics and ruin things for the movie lovers of the world. They will definitely cut corners and use CGI, language thats not right, romantic scenes that never existed, explosions and un nesscary violence, etc....
what the heck? THIS IS A CLASSIC....there are thousands of movies out there that could be remade but for some reason Hollywood wants to pick classics and ruin things for the movie lovers of the world. They will definitely cut corners and use CGI, language thats not right, romantic scenes that never existed, explosions and un nesscary violence, etc....
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8:29PM on 04/26/2014

Why?

Please tell me this is some elaborate (and late) April Fool's Joke. Why? The film is a classic. It's iconic. Why the hell would you remake this? Serious?!!! This sounds like something Fox would do. I bet they are behind this. Any actor that dares to star in this I will question in movie they are in until the end of time. Get a bunch of unknowns. I really hope this is a joke.
Please tell me this is some elaborate (and late) April Fool's Joke. Why? The film is a classic. It's iconic. Why the hell would you remake this? Serious?!!! This sounds like something Fox would do. I bet they are behind this. Any actor that dares to star in this I will question in movie they are in until the end of time. Get a bunch of unknowns. I really hope this is a joke.
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6:09PM on 04/26/2014
Jesus Christ! Are they gonna remake The Godfather next??!!
Jesus Christ! Are they gonna remake The Godfather next??!!
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1:18PM on 04/26/2014
Ben Hur is one of the few classic films that is actually any good (unlike Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, The Third Man etc etc).
One of the things that makes it so great is that you know it's not CGI and it definitely adds another dimension. As much fun as Bekmambetov's films can be, he will totally piss all over it with cartoony CGI.
Ben Hur is one of the few classic films that is actually any good (unlike Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, The Third Man etc etc).
One of the things that makes it so great is that you know it's not CGI and it definitely adds another dimension. As much fun as Bekmambetov's films can be, he will totally piss all over it with cartoony CGI.
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12:50AM on 04/26/2014

Welp...

time to kiss this classic goodbye. As much I as wanted a remake I don't see Timur doing this film after his slate of films he's made. Don't get me wrong hes a really fun ass director but his CGI in his films are just really piss poor. Ben hur needs to be solid, I hope they can some how out do the chariot race scene, thats what I am really wondering about.
time to kiss this classic goodbye. As much I as wanted a remake I don't see Timur doing this film after his slate of films he's made. Don't get me wrong hes a really fun ass director but his CGI in his films are just really piss poor. Ben hur needs to be solid, I hope they can some how out do the chariot race scene, thats what I am really wondering about.
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9:35PM on 04/25/2014
A classic like Ben Hur is way, way out of Bekmambetov's league.
A classic like Ben Hur is way, way out of Bekmambetov's league.
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8:21PM on 04/25/2014
Oh gosh...please no. As Vienna Rage pointed out, thisll likely be a modernized turd, complete with 3D, slow motion, and absurd violence. Ben Hur is a beautiful film. Check out this beautifully simple moment... [link]
Oh gosh...please no. As Vienna Rage pointed out, thisll likely be a modernized turd, complete with 3D, slow motion, and absurd violence. Ben Hur is a beautiful film. Check out this beautifully simple moment... [link]
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9:38AM on 04/27/2014
That always makes me think of The Simpsons version. "You truly are the King of Kings!" ...... "Excellent".
That always makes me think of The Simpsons version. "You truly are the King of Kings!" ...... "Excellent".
8:16PM on 04/25/2014
Seeing how the '59 film was a remake, and a masterful one by a brilliant director, there is no reason for a shit director to remake it again. Why not rerelease the '59 version in theaters so some of us can see it on the big screen.
Seeing how the '59 film was a remake, and a masterful one by a brilliant director, there is no reason for a shit director to remake it again. Why not rerelease the '59 version in theaters so some of us can see it on the big screen.
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12:51AM on 04/26/2014
I second that, and put it in IMAX
I second that, and put it in IMAX
6:16AM on 04/26/2014
it didnt come on the bluray (too bad cause the bluray is IMPOSSIBLY GOOD) BUT it did come with the 4 disc special edition dvd!
it didnt come on the bluray (too bad cause the bluray is IMPOSSIBLY GOOD) BUT it did come with the 4 disc special edition dvd!
7:40PM on 04/25/2014
At some point, we'll see Ben Hur curve the chariot in glorious slo-mo while yelling "fuck You!"
At some point, we'll see Ben Hur curve the chariot in glorious slo-mo while yelling "fuck You!"
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7:05PM on 04/25/2014
Let me guess...starring Channing Tatum...3D...bullet time chariot races...a 300-esque look and feel...
Let me guess...starring Channing Tatum...3D...bullet time chariot races...a 300-esque look and feel...
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6:30PM on 04/25/2014
I'm so sick of studios using the excuse of "we're making this new film more like the original novel and not a remake of the other movie." One, its normally total BS (like total recall). Two, the reasons the original movies work is b/c they're not like the book. You could make any movie, Jurassic Park, Godfather, Lord of the RIngs, etc. more like the book, but that doesn't mean they need a remake. Maybe for a film that badly adapted a book, but for classics like Ben-hur its just a bad idea.
I'm so sick of studios using the excuse of "we're making this new film more like the original novel and not a remake of the other movie." One, its normally total BS (like total recall). Two, the reasons the original movies work is b/c they're not like the book. You could make any movie, Jurassic Park, Godfather, Lord of the RIngs, etc. more like the book, but that doesn't mean they need a remake. Maybe for a film that badly adapted a book, but for classics like Ben-hur its just a bad idea.
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6:23PM on 04/25/2014
F*** !!
F*** !!
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6:21PM on 04/25/2014
for fuck sake, "new adaptation of the novel"...
same story, same title, its a remake.
Cant you just picture the CGI chariot sequence now...
for fuck sake, "new adaptation of the novel"...
same story, same title, its a remake.
Cant you just picture the CGI chariot sequence now...
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6:17PM on 04/25/2014
So this is going to be alot of special effects with little story?
So this is going to be alot of special effects with little story?
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