Tom Hiddleston Eyed to Lead BEN-HUR Remake

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MGM and Paramount are starting to put together their cast for the Ben-Hur remake, and they have their sights set high for the lead role.  Deadline reports that Tom Hiddleston is being courted to play Judah Ben-Hur in the Biblical epic, which has Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov set to helm.  The pic is based on the original novel by Lew Wallace, which was subsequently turned into a classic 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.  Bemkambetov’s version is described as focusing on the nature of faith, as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.  Hit the jump for more on the prospect of Hiddleston’s casting.

Paramount Announces Big 2016 with TRANSFORMERS 5, G.I. JOE 3, HANSEL & GRETEL 2, BEN-HUR, STAR TREK 3, and More

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I’m currently dreading the summer onslaught of 2015, but it looks like there will be no rest for the wicked as 2016 is already setting up for more blockbuster mayhem.  Having Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set for the same release date was already an ill-omen (although I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them moves), and running down the scheduled list of 2016 movies is already nerve-wracking.

Paramount has now stepped into remind us that they have plenty of films set for 2016 as well.  Looking ahead to the now-quaint summer 2014 they still have Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In 2015, they’re set to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Terminator: Genesis, a new Friday the 13th, and Mission: Impossible 5.  So what’s on tap for 2016?  Hit the jump for more.

BEN-HUR Remake Set for February 26, 2016 Release; THE BIBLE Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Board Project

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MGM and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur remake now has a release date and a pair of interesting producers.  Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is onboard to helm the epic, and MGM and Paramount have now slated the film for release on February 26, 2016.  Moreover, The Bible and Son of God producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have come aboard the project as producers, which could potentially mean the redo might bridge the gap between Hollywood tentpole and the recent flurry of successful faith-based features.  Based on Lew Wallace’s novel of the same name, Bekmambetov’s film focuses on the nature of faith as it follows a falsely accused nobleman who sets out to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him.

Hit the jump for more on this curious project.

Bill Condon Set to Rewrite THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH Starring Hugh Jackman; John Ridley to Pen MGM’s BEN-HUR Reboot

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Check out today’s screenwriter news for the following films:

  • The Greatest Showman on EarthBill Condon (Dreamgirls) will rewrite Fox’s contemporary musical biopic of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Michael Gracey.
  • Ben-Hur – MGM’s reboot of the Biblical-era epic will be scripted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) for director Timur Bekmambetov.

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Timur Bekmambetov Confirmed for BEN-HUR Reboot

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About a month ago we reported that Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was in talks to direct the Ben-Hur remake for MGM.  We now have unofficial confirmation that Bekmambetov will indeed take the reins of the new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  MGM was wise to pick up Keith Clarke’s spec script of the Biblical epic, with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah prepping to launch for Paramount and New Regency, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus set to open in December 2014 for 20th Century Fox; that studio also will release a theatrical cut of The Bible miniseries coming under the title of Son of God.  Hit the jump for more.

WANTED Director Timur Bekmambetov in Talks to Helm BEN-HUR Remake

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MGM continues to move forward on its new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, and it appears that the studio has a rather visually-inclined director in mind to tackle the redo.  Deadline reports that Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov is in talks to direct the Biblical epic, which was of course previously realized onscreen by director William Wyler in the Charlton Heston-fronted 1959 classic Ben-Hur.  MGM’s new adaptation is said to be more faithful to the book and diverges heavily from the Heston film, as it will also tell the parallel tale of Jesus Christ in addition to the Ben-Hur story.  Hit the jump for more.

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures DVD Review

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Double-dipping is a dirty word among movie fans, who have grown increasingly weary of shelling out more money for a multiple versions of a given film. There can be a benefit to the practice, however, especially for consumers eager to pick up multiple movies quickly and efficiently without a lot of fuss. Warner Bros – one of the most notorious practitioners of double-dipping – has recently dived into its archives for a series of “Best of” DVD Collections. Their Best Picture compilation – consisting of 20 films that snagged the top trophy their respective years – ranks as one of the most reliable, marred by a few embarrassing hiccups. Hit the jump for my full review.

MGM Developing BEN-HUR Reboot; New Adaptation Will Tell the Story of Jesus Christ

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Thanks to the smashing box office success of Skyfall ($1.03 billion) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($886 million and counting), MGM has a built up quite the purse, and now they’re looking to commit some of that profit to a fairly high profile remake.  Per Deadline, MGM is buying a spec script for a new version of Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.  Wallace’s novel was famously immortalized onscreen by director William Wyler in 1959 with the classic epic Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, and the novel was also previously adapted in the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.  This new adaptation was scripted by Keith Clarke and will be produced by Sean Daniel and Joni Levin.  The reboot is more faithful to the book and diverges heavily from the Heston film, as it will also tell the parallel tale of Jesus Christ in addition to the Ben-Hur story.  Hit the jump for more details.

BEN-HUR 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

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Ben-Hur is the biggest of the big, the mightiest of the mighty, the most epic of the epic. Released in 1959, Ben-Hur was the event film of its day and sold 111 Million tickets, which makes it the fifth most successful movie of all time when prices are adjusted for inflation. The story of Judah Ben-Hur (Charleton Heston) and his journey to defeat his old best friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) – and meeting Christ along the way – is a long movie that is celebrated for its chariot race, justly revered as one of the great pieces of stunt filmmaking. The Blu-ray celebrates Ben-Hur’s fiftieth anniversary, and our review follows after the jump.

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