Timur Bekmambetov Now in Talks to Direct 'Ben-Hur' Remake at MGM
by Ethan Anderton
August 19, 2013
Earlier this year, we learned that MGM was getting ready to whip another remake into shape by taking on a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was adapted into the 1925 silent film of the same name, in addition to the classic 1959 Oscar-wining film, Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston. Now the studio is in talks with an unlikely helmer with Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov being lined up to sit behind the camera this time around. This all comes after a spec script by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) caught the studio's attention. Read on!
Wen the project was announced, it was said, "this film will tell the formative story of the characters as they grew up best friends before the Roman Empire" and it's more faithful to the book. They also said "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." Bekmambetov is still figuring out the financial terms of a deal to direct, and Deadline notes there's a chance it could fall apart. The director seems like a strange choice unless this will be a stylized telling of the tale in the vein of 300 or Clash of the Titans, but maybe Bekmambetov has a trick up his sleeve to deliver a serious epic drama from the Bible.