Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, who recently scored high ratings with their miniseries The Bible, will produce a remake of the classic film, Ben–Hur.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct the film, which tells the story of a Jewish prince who endures years of slavery after being falsely accused of a crime. His thirst for revenge motivates him to survive, and he plans to go after the friend who betrayed him. The two must eventually choose revenge or forgiveness.
The 1959 Academy Award-winning movie starred Charlton Heston and featured an unforgettable chariot race. It is not yet clear who will star in the remake.
The new screenplay was written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back).
In addition to the The Bible, Burnett and Downey also produced the recent big screen hit Son of God and are developing two more TV projects scheduled to air next year: an NBC series titled A.D., and a CBS miniseries, The Dovekeepers.
Ben-Hur is expected to hit theaters in February 2016.