‘12 Years A Slave’ Scribe John Ridley Boards ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot At MGM

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: MGM has set 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley to do a rewrite on Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which Timur Bekmambetov will direct, based … Read More »

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MGM’s ‘Ben-Hur’ To Ride With Timur Bekmambetov As Director

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 3:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I first reported last month that MGM was courting Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov to helm Ben-Hur. I have now confirmed that the helmer and the studio have closed their deal for him to direct a new … Read More »

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MGM In Talks With Timur Bekmambetov To Steer Chariot On ‘Ben-Hur’ Reboot

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I can’t say definitively that the negotiations are going to work out, but MGM is in talks with Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov to helm Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which in its time outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind. This all got set in motion after MGM bought a Ben-Hur spec by Keith Clarke (he scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back), a package that came with Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. This happened last January, right after MGM got new funding and was flush with proceeds from the 007 pic Skyfall and The Hobbit. I have been chasing the possible deal with Bekmambetov for the past two weeks, and it seemed intriguing enough as another Biblical epic moving forward that I felt it was worth noting despite the fact they haven’t reached financial terms and I don’t know for certain that they will.

Related: Sweet Chariot! MGM Is Re-Booting ‘Ben-Hur’ Read More »

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