“Ben-Hur,” the new historical epic drama has been delayed for six months from its original date, February 2016 to August 2016. Currently in post-production, “Ben-Hur” is instead scheduled to release with a list of other summer blockbuster films.
Back in 2014, Paramount Pictures and MGM announced that the two studios will help co-produce a new “Ben-Hur” with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Burnett and Downey are known for creating the miniseries “The Bible” along with producing “Son of God,” which all together adds up to why the two were willing to take on the this vehement task.
Adapted from Lew Wallace’s novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the upcoming remake was written by Keith Clarke and the Oscar-winning writer John Ridley, acclaimed for the “12 Years a Slave” (2013) screenplay. The film stars Jack Huston as the eponymous character with the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman as one of the lead characters that aids Ben-Hur on his mission.
This celebrated tale of the Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur has been adapted multiple times over the span of almost a century, with the first picture released back in 1925. But the most critically acclaimed adaptation was directed by William Wyler which the film won an imposing 11 awards out of the 12 Oscar nominations. All the pressure is on Timur Bekmambetov the director of the upcoming remake whose notable films are “Wanted” (2008) and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2012).
It is interesting to see a wave of biblical epics returning to big screens. Back in 2014, Paramount worked with Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and within the same year Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was released. It appears movies goers are in for a treat with super hero films and biblical epics being the latest trend from Hollywood.