John Ridley will pen the next draft of MGM’s latest remake of BEN-HUR. 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 CAA.