"Ben-Hur," one of the most popular biblical movies ever produced, is going to be remade by MGM studios, with sources saying the focus of the storyline will feature more heavily on Jesus Christ.
The 1959 movie, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, won 11 Oscars and is considered one of the most successful Christian movies ever made. The story focuses on the Jewish prince Ben-Hur who is forced to live for many years as a Roman slave, before he rises to power and meets Christ, witnessing a number of miracles along the way. The planned remake will reportedly be more faithful to Wallace's novel and focus more on Jesus' life, while at the same time interjecting Ben-Hur's account.
Deadline reported that MGM has emerged from bankruptcy following the massive success of the 2012James Bond movie "Skyfall" and the "Lord of the Rings" prequel "The Hobbit," both of which have made around $1 billion worldwide in terms of box office success. This has provided the incentive for MGM to buy the "Ben-Hur" script from screenwriter Keith Clarke, who wrote Peter Weir's "The Way Back," and start raising money for the new project. more >>
The production team for the blockbuster 2012 adaptation of "Les Miserables" has donated money to the church in England where they filmed some of the scenes for the movie.
Star Pulse reports that the producers donated the equivalent of $16,000 to the St. Mary the Virgin Church of the town of Ewelme, located in Oxfordshire. The Rev. Jonathan Meyer, vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, told Star Pulse that the filming taking place at the Ewelme was a positive experience as "the spiritual message of the film brought everyone together."
The news came as the latest film adaption of the musical based on the 19th century Victor Hugo novel continues to score big at the box office both in the United States and the United Kingdom. BBC reported on Wednesday that the film broke the record for highest grossing opening weekend for a movie musical, beating out former record holder Momma Mia! (2008). more >>
The heartwarming true story of one little boy's dream to end the suffering of those without homes "Little Red Wagon" has been released to DVD today.
From the award-winning director of "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" David Anspaugh, the film follows Zach Bonner- a young boy with a heart of gold.
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is apparently considering taking up the title role of Pontius Pilate in a new big budget period piece production of the same name coming from Warner Bros. studios.
The actor has not officially committed to the role, various sources reported, but according to CinemaBlend, "that could change very soon."
The movie does not yet have a release date and is still in pre-production, after the WB acquired the script written by screenwriter Vera Blasi. more >>
The 2012 film version of the famous novel and stage production "Les Miserables" has been surpassing many expectations and building up an impressive box office haul, with leading analysts saying its strong Christian values are drawing believers to the theaters in droves.
"In many ways it's the perfect story," filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke, who has worked on a number of Christian projects in Hollywood, told The Christian Post in an email. "This is the kind of movie Christians should be supporting, taking their friends to, and then discussing afterwards."
"Les Miserables," originally a French historical novel by Victor Hugo published in 1862 and considered by many to be one of the most significant works of the nineteenth century, explores a number of central Christian themes, such as forgiveness, hope and redemption, and has been adopted into various formats. more >>
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" series, has smashed the December box office opening weekend record and surprisingly beaten all three previous movies in terms of the first three-day total to gross nearly $85 million in U.S. sales.
The first chapter in Peter Jackson's latest trilogy earned an estimated $84.78 million over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Box Office Mojo reported, which is higher than the previous December record of 2007's "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith, and the $73.3 million debut of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in 2003. It should be noted, however, that theaters offering 3D/IMAX viewing options might have inflated "The Hobbit's" numbers.
Besides the $84 million made in the U.S., the prequel based on J. R. R. Tolkien's classic children's book made another $138 million internationally, bringing up its worldwide total to $222 million after only three days – already making well over its estimated $180 million production budget. more >>