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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to produce new version of 'Ben-Hur'
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to produce new version of 'Ben-Hur'

It’s been 55 years since Charlton Heston's “Ben-Hur” hit theaters. Now Mark Burnett and Roma Downey--and the current faith-based multiplex moment--will give us another one. “The Bible” producers said Friday that they will produce the new “Ben-Hur” based on Lewis Wallace’s classic novel and featuring a diverse pedigree: “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov will helm the picture, which is based on a script on which Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley did a rewrite (from “The Way Back” scribe Keith Clarke's original draft). Burnett will serve as producer while Downey will...

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