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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Will Produce New ‘Ben-Hur’ Adaptation

The husband and wife producing team behind TV’s hit miniseries The Bible are turning their attention to a new faith-based project: a big screen adaptation of the classic novel Ben-Hur. In a press release, Burnett said Lew Wallace’s book—about a scorned Jewish prince and his quest for redemption—is “one of the most important Christian works of fiction ever written.” The 1959 Hollywood version, which won 11 Oscars, has become an all-time movie classic. In addition to Burnett and Downey, the film already has a pretty interesting creative team. According to The Los Angeles Times, MGM and Paramount have tapped Timur Bekmambetov—the director behind the big budget, effects-driven action blockbusters Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter—to direct, and recently had the Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley, rewrite the script. The film is due out in theaters sometime in 2016 …

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