Remakes in the past for Hollywood have been an epic undertaking but few reboots will be as epic as the one MGM is currently developing. According to a report from Deadline, MGM is currently in talks with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to helm a reboot of the classic film Ben-Hur.
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 butThe Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.
Should the reboot actually happen, which Deadline cautions it might not ever come to fruition, it would mean that Hollywood has officially leaped back into the well when it comes to the films it churns out.
Originally released in 159, the version of Ben-Hur that MGM is developing for a reboot is actually a remake itself of a 1925 film directed by Charles Brabin. Of course the original source is the Lew Wallace novel and we’ve seen versions of Ben-Hur pop up in other mediums as well.
There’s no guarantee that a reboot of Ben-Hur will happen, but it is intriguing to wonder what it would look like through the very unique lens of Timur Bekmambetov.