MGM’s Classic ‘Ben Hur’ – Remake In The Works
Even though Ben Hur was released in 1959 when CGI didn’t exist and everything was filmed for real – no film pulled this off more perfectly than Ben-Hur. This film has numerously been claimed as one of MGM’s best films in their seemingly never ending library of movies. In this list they are right up there with Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, North By Northwest, Doctor Zhivago, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Skyfall.
One of the most famous scenes in the movie and filming industry was the chariot race. Still today that sequence would send chills down anyone’s spine. The film was based on an adaptation of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace, and saw William Wyler in the director’s chair. Charlton Heston took on the title role, while Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, and Stephen Boyd were also on board. The film had the biggest budget of any movie at the time, but the money was well spent and bringing this epic to the big screen was worth it. It went on to winning eleven Oscars, this was not repeated until Titanic came along. Some of the Oscars include Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actor for Heston.
MGM is currently planinning to reboot the tfilm with a February 26th 2016 release date. Tom Hiddleston (Thor) is being sought after for the Title Role and Timur Bekmambetov has been confirmed as director.
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