But it’s an unusual choice to say the least.
Ever since the novel was published in 1880, Hollywood has loved Ben-Hur.
The tale of the Jewish Prince who suffers betrayal and cruelty, but who ultimately finds redemption and forgiveness is one of the most popular books of all time.
Great literature provides the foundations for many cinematic interpretations. Ben-Hur has already enjoyed a few.
Films were made in 1907, 1925 and of course most famously, in 1959 - where Charlton Heston produced his finest performance in one of the greatest epics ever made. It’s a tough act to follow. But still they try.
A 2010 TV mini-series of Ben Hur met with indifference but that hasn’t dampened MGM’s enthusiasm. They are pushing ahead with a Ben Hur remake to be released in 2015 and think they may have their director.
In a bold move by the producers, Timur Bekmambetov is currently in negotiations to helm the project. Bearing in mind Bekmambetov is best known for directing action romps Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, does this signal a change in tone for the film?
Will one of the great Christian stories see more roundhouse kicks and gun play? Will Ben Hur face off against nemesis Massala in the MMA ring rather than in a chariot race? Will Pontius Pilate be a vampire?
Bekmambetov certainly sounds an intriguing choice, if not a slightly bonkers one.
We will be keeping a watch on the developments of this one for sure.