William Wyler was responsible for the Oscar-winning film Ben-Hur back in 1959 starring Charlton Heston.
Now, Wyler's son, David, is going to do a remake.
The announcement was made a few days after Heston's passing.
Heston won th Academy Award for best actor in Ben-Hur, for his portrayal of the prince Judah Ben-Hur.
David Wyler is producing the feature as a mini-series with Alchemy TV. According to reports, the $30 million project will start later this year.
Wyler told Variety, “We’ve got a joke that this is the family business. In my mind this is dedicated to my dad and Chuck. We think it’s a great way to keep his memory alive.”
The new version of Ben-Hur will be based more on the original novel and less on the two earlier adaptations. It will also feature a younger lead character and focus a bit less on the religious aspects.
Wyler stated, "We want to look at the spirituality within the piece rather than directly relating it to a specific religion. It’s a very complex story. It’s been 50 years since my father’s version and we think we can bring something new and contemporary to it in the same way that ‘Gladiator’ did for that genre.”
The mini-series has already been sold to Canada, Spain, and Germany. There is also negotiations with two networks and a cable channel for the US rights.
Will U go watch?
This may not even air in America!