John Ridley Will Rewrite “Ben-Hur” For MGM

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will pen the next draft of MGM’s latest remake of . The project will tell the formative story of how Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince, and Messala, the son of a Roman tax collector, grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. It will also tell the parallel tale of Jesus Christ with whom Ben-Hur has several encounters which moves him to become a believer.

Keith Clarke wrote the previous draft on spec. Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer”) will direct while Joni Levin and Sean Daniel produce.

Ridley’s latest work, “12 Years A Slave” can be seen currently in theaters. He also previously co-wrote “Undercover Brother” (which has the best Neil Patrick Harris moment of all time) and “Red Tails.”

He is repped by .

Source: Deadline

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