Can’t let a week go by without another Ben-Hur update!
Paramount promoted its upcoming films at CinemaCon yesterday, and one of them, of course, was the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, which comes out August 19.
Admittedly, the headline on this post may be a tad misleading. The shortest version of Ben-Hur to date is a 16-minute one-reeler produced in 1907, before feature-length films had really become a thing. And there are also at least two animated versions of this story (made in 1988 and 2003) that are an hour in length, give or take.1
But as far as feature-length live-action adaptations go, the shortest version of Ben-Hur to date is the silent film produced in 1925, which has a running time of 143 minutes. The 1959 version with Charlton Heston runs 222 minutes (including eight minutes of overture and entr’acte music). And the 2010 miniseries runs about 180 minutes.
And it sounds like this year’s version might be shorter than all three of them.
It was Batman vs. Superman vs. Melissa McCarthy at the box office this week.
Time for another snippet from SlashFilm’s interview with Ben-Hur director Timur Bekmambetov. Last week he said the film will be “a realistic, deep drama” that uses a “very grounded” style of filmmaking. In today’s snippet, he talks about how that approach will apply to the story’s famous chariot-race sequence.
Timur Bekmambetov is making the rounds right now to promote Hardcore Henry, an action film he produced that comes out April 8, and along the way he has talked a bit about the new Ben-Hur, which he directed and is due to come out August 12.