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Ben-Hur remake planned by MGM

Ben-Hur

A new version of epic drama Ben-Hur is in development at MGM, it has been claimed.

Deadline.com reports the studio plans to follow its box office hits Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with a remake of the Charlton Heston classic.

The Ben-Hur update will be based on a spec script by Keith Clarke and is reportedly much closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film of Ben-Hur.

The story centres on Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur who is wrongly sold into slavery and vows to take revenge on those who wronged him.

Producer Sean Daniel said: "It's one of the great stories of friendship and betrayal, and faith, that works in the context of a big onscreen action thriller for a global audience."

MGM's Ben-Hur remake is one of several Biblical-themed movies in the works, with Darren Aronofsky shooting Noah and Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott both developing Moses films.

Watch the trailer for the 1959 version of Ben-Hur below:

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