The 1959 film Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston, is one of the most revered films of all-time.
Along with classics such as Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, it's regularly in the discussion of the best American films ever made. Which, one would think, would make a remake off limits.
MGM has found a way. The company, which released the original film but then sold the rights to Ted Turner, has just purchased a spec script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is "much different" from the original film and "more faithful" to the original book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. There's more after the jump.
Deadline broke the news of this potential film, which also comes with "Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing."
Though MGM does not own the rights to the film version of Ben-Hur (or a 1925 silent film of the same name) they can make this film beacuse the book, originally published in 1880, is in the public domain.
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