Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Wanted”) is in talks to helm MGM’s reboot of the studio’s biblical epic classic and Oscar winner “Ben-Hur,” directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston as the eponymous chariot racer.
Keith Clarke penned the script, adapted from the 1888 novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” by Lew Wallace. The book, which is in the public domain, centers on the years prior to those focused on in the 1959 film; Jewish prince and Jerusalem merchant Judah Ben-Hur is betrayed by his childhood friend Messala, who has recently returned home from commanding the Roman legions.
We recently looked at the biblical epic trend in Hollywood; the ’59 version of “Ben-Hur” is currently sitting as the best bible film of all time in the poll we conducted. Among other projects, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” is in the works, with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, while Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, is set for a March 2014 release.
This news of a “Ben-Hur” reboot is a far cry from yesterday’s Bekmambetov news: He released a trailer for his horror comedy production “Squirrels.”