If you firmly believe that Hollywood should stop remaking/rebooting movies and instead focus on producing more original content, then I have some potentially horrible news for you: MGM is planning on dusting off the chariots and giving Ben-Hur a remake.
According to Deadline, the studio is in the process of buying a spec by Keith Clarke, which is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ and charts the life of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur in a story of betrayal, revenge and salvation. There's also the small matter of a climactic chariot race, but I'm sure you knew that already.
When Ben Hur hit theaters back in 1959 it was a massive success both [commercially and critically](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben-Hur(1959film). It was the highest grossing movie of that year, was ranked ninth in the all time money-making list until 1975 and won a staggering 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
All of this begs the question: Why the hell do we need a remake? First up, the movie still looks fantastic. At the time, it was the most expensive movie ever made and age has done nothing to dampen its beauty. Secondly, how do you improve on 11 Oscars? It shares the title of most Academy Awards won by a single film with Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and is arguably one of the greatest movies ever produced.
This remake seems completely unnecessary to me. I'm very much of the mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and the original Ben Hur is still in fine working order.
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