The upcoming 2016 American epic historical drama action film 'Ben Hur' is reportedly going to put emphasize in the message of forgiveness.
The well-known story showcases the struggle between two brothers with the life of Jesus Christ. The remake is set to feature Jesus very prominently, and the theme will put more light on forgiveness and reconciliation. It will also feature chariot races in 3D, which is set to change the tune of the film.
"For us filmmakers, we are committed to telling stories of faith and stories that bring hope," Roma Downey, Executive Producer of the film, said.
She shared with The Gospel Herald how in "such a time as this" the film's message is required.
Kazakh-born Russian director Timur Bekmambetov directed the latest Ben Hur. The film is being time and again compared to its predecessor by the same name released in 1959. The William Wyler's film was a major hit with 11 academy awards.
Producer Sean Daniel explained the difference between both the films.
"Our 'Ben Hur' should not be seen as a remake of Wyler's film, but as a new film adaptation of the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace," he said.
"Co-screenwriter John Ridley has focused on family relations and the power of faith and, in particularly, reconciliation. The original, on the other hand, focused on revenge."
Ben Hur is a respected nobleman in Jerusalem enslaved by the Roman proconsul Messala. He subsequently took revenge for torturing and beats the rival in a chariot race.
The film will hit U.S. theaters on August 19.