It’s been half a century since the movie, Ben-Hur came out. The film is considered by many as one of the greatest classic films and was one of Charlton Heston’s unforgettable achievements. MGM is now planning a remake of the biblical figure’s classic story. It will be directed the talented director, Darren Aronofsky and will be based on Lew Wallace’s novel of the same name.
“This film will tell the formative story of the characters as they grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude. Messala mocks Judah and his religion and when a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates it so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life.”
Darren Aronofsky is generally not known to make religious movies, but this is necessarily not a bad thing. Aronofsky rose to fame making movies with compelling stories such as A Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, and it is safe to assume that his treatment of the Ben Hur remake would be very interesting to say the least.