boblipton wrote:Until it becomes popular again.
It's hard to see that happening. The original novel was popular with a far more religious general public, became even more popular thanks to the sort of spectacular stage production that is no longer mounted anymore (except for musicals) and which in turn ensured the popularity of the Novarro film. The Wyler/Heston remake took advantage of the public's memories of the Novarro film and of the vogue for lavish Roman-era epics (resulting from Hollywood competing against television).
The 2016 version was probably doomed from the start--a remake shouldn't wait until 57 years have passed since the last one, mass audiences can no longer be depended on to boost religious material to blockbuster status, and Hollywood has left period films aside for superhero or pseudo-medieval epics (the Roman ship passed 17 years ago with Gladiator
). And whereas audiences for the earlier Ben-Hur
s were drawn in by the promise of a great chariot race, you can't attract modern audiences by promising them just another CGI sequence (the chariot race exemplifies the sort of action that loses all interest without extensive stunt work). The failure of 2016 version means Hollywood has pretty much no incentive to touch this material again. It's hard to see the factors that made Ben-Hur
an attractive property coming into play again.