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New “Ben Hur” Movie and Praying for the Faith-Based Film Industry
Written by Christi Given | August 29, 2016
According to reports, the Ben Hur film, inspired by a fictional story stemming from the biblical time period, did not do well at the box office. Of course there is a wave of faith-based films in Christian media, which is exciting, but they need a lot of prayer and supporters.
Variety said that “Ben Hur could lose over $100 million” after the millions going into it to produce and release the film. MGM funded half of the film’s budget, and Paramount supported the rest of the costs with distribution. Hopefully, regardless of the most recent loss, they will be able to recover. Let us pray this doesn’t deter major film companies from wanting to support films based on faith or the Bible. Project Inspired readers, will you please partner with us to pray for these faith-based films?
Synopsis of Ben Hur
The film is based on the original 1959 Charlton Heston piece, which back then was a huge success and a winner of more than 11 Oscars. The film is about Jesus in some aspects, but is mainly based on a fictional novel entitled Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, written by Lew Wallace. Click here to see the original movie trailer from 1959.
The film stars Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur (the lead character), who loses much after his brother Messala gets enrolled as a Roman officer in the army and betrays his family. The film stars some major actors such as Morgan Freeman and Rodrigo Santoro. Paramount Pictures says this about the film:
“Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”
Watch the official trailer for Ben-Hur here.
The film seems to have some very restorative qualities, stemming from biblical ideas such as forgiveness, restoring broken relationships, promotion and demotion, like the story of Joseph (from the palace to prison, then raised up to second in command under Pharaoh), betrayal, love, justice, humility, strife, war and passion. This is very much an intense movie that depicts the epic qualities of films such as Noah, The Passion of the Christ and The Son of God.
PI readers, please go and support this film; pray for the film and the producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; and also pray for the film companies and for future films that are biblically based to be made.
What is your take on the faith-based movies?
Do you think it is okay to veer off the Word of God and just be inspired by faith, or do you think that regardless, it sparks conversation? For example, the film Noah was inspired by the story in the Bible, but was changed dramatically throughout the script and in the message of the film.
[Images: Paramount and MGM]
Can you continue to pray that the directors and writers will stick to God’s script and that we will see a continual move of the Holy Spirit through the entertainment industry?
Watch a clip of an interview with Roma Downey about Ben-Hur with Movie Times:
Support the film on YouTube and through social media here: #MYGREATESTVICTORY.
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[Sources: benhurmovie.com, imdb.com, variety.com/2016/film/box-office/ben-hur-box-office-loss-1201842938]
Comment below and let us know if you saw the film Ben-Hur, or if you plan on seeing it! God bless you!