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 Post subject: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:51 pm 
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My God, I think it's actually about to happen.

What a difference $2 billion in late fall box office business has done for MGM‘s ambitions. The studio is planning to unleash a new version of Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.

MGM, which emerged from bankruptcy and is raising new funding after Skyfall crossed $1 billion worldwide gross and The Hobbit heads to the $900 million mark, is buying a Ben-Hur spec by Keith Clarke (he scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back), and the package comes with Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing.

MGM actually released the 1959 Charlton Heston-starrer Ben-Hur, as well as the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The studio isn’t looting its library titles: MGM, which has seen many of its assets pillaged during previous ownership regimes, sold the Heston film to Ted Turner in the 1980s. But the book is public domain. MGM, now steered by Gary Barber and production president Jonathan Glickman and taking on action adventure films that include Hercules with Dwayne Johnson, just loved a spec that is faithful to the book and is much different than the 1959 William Wyler film that focused on the adult blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur (Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd).

This 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.

The depiction of Jesus Christ as an occasional character in the script puts this project squarely in the mix of Biblical-themed films that are proliferating at studios around town. They include Pontius Pilate, which now has Brad Pitt attached to the Vera Blasi-scripted Warner Bros project; two films about Moses that Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott are separately circling; and the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah, which stars Russell Crowe.

“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,” Daniel said of the Wallace novel.


http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/new-ben ... ace-novel/

What a disaster this movie is going to be, compared to Wyler's masterpiece. Nothing is sacred anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben-Hur (1959)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Thought I might see this here already. Ben-Hur is getting a reboot. ...Yeah.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ben-hur-getting-a-reboot-will-feature-more-jesus-christ-20130114


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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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It will be better for the coming movie to try to treat the matter differently, without having the impossible notion of matching our beloved masterpiece, but simply as another attempt to cinematize the popular Wallace novel. That's the only way to survive, I see.

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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:29 pm 
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The fans of the 1925 film scorned Wyler's version when it was released; we will scorn the new version, too.

Of course the '25 and '59 films are classics of the screen. The '25 film is arguably in the best 10 films of the silent era and put MGM on the map to stay, at least until they needed the '59 film, arguably one of the best 10 films of the 'talkie' era, to save the studio. Now, if MGM is at it again, they will be up against two masterpieces.

If it happens it will serve to stir interest in the earlier films....and that's a good thing, educate the public. Invite comparisons; a little friendly competition against those who are no longer with us, no longer able to defend their work (that's for us to do). The new film may be a disaster or minor success, or a major triumph....however....there's a BIG problem....

Who is out there to command the big, and I mean BIG screen like Heston???? In every one of his epics the scenery was big, but he was BIGGER. Never did he get lost in the scenery....the eye always landed on him. Call it charisma, call it stature, call it talent, call it what you like, but he had it and no actor today (within age reason for Judah...Pitt, Clooney, et al, are all too old and it wouldn't matter if they were the correct age) can command the wide screen like Heston did. No one.


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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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I have a hard time picturing a bunch of people walking out of the theater in 1959, complaining that it wasn't as good as the 1925 version. I'm sure those people existed, they always do, but I feel they must have been a very small number.

Regarding who could play Judah, I think it is easy for studios to find actors for movies these days and this won't be very different. Back then what mattered most was the actor, today what matters is everything else surrounding the actor. The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur were absolutely huge movies with a lot of stuff in them to grab your attention, but Chuck was, like you say, always the focal point. A credit to his talent. Finding such an actor today is not necessary.

Spoiler:
Coming to theaters in 2016:

Ben-Hur

Starring...

Ryan Gosling as Judah Ben-Hur

and Leonardo DiCaprio as Messala

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HEE HEEE HEEE. Why not posting this in the Alternate Reality thread, Thorn?

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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire has been announced to star as Ben-Hur in the remake and Morgan Freeman will play Ildarin the sheik.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/j ... hur-733602

Both The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur getting remakes a year within each other. If anything, it will be interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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Well if you (need) forget the Wyler version, and hence no one recall and publicity of Ben Hur 1959 for launch a new version, you can make a decent movie if you want ? maybe yes, but do not want this of course, why ? yes there isn't today a perfect director and actors, and screenplayer of course, but especially, there is today too many special effects, and environments and colors too many dark, and the actors that often grunting


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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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I've heard absolutely nothing about this in 18 months, but here is the trailer for it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1cYIHwv1Ig

IMO, it looks absolutely awful. Just a real big "meh", nothing impressive or epic about it. Just a real great story told in the background of a bunch of visual effects.

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 Post subject: Re: MGM is Rebooting Ben-Hur
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Ben-Hur is on track... to failing miserably at the box office.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/b ... ing-915266

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