I only came on this Ben Hur - Channel 5 drama in the paper this morning over breakfast. It'll be interesting to see how it compares with the much loved classic starring Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins, wooden as their acting can be, I still like the 1959 epic.
This is likely to end up just as badly remembered as the TV remake of Dr Zchivago. Ben Hur & Dr Zchivago were big screen classics and surely to do any justice to these stories would require multi million £ expenditures. Just imagine what modern computer graffics could do to many of the scenes we remember from both of these films. Masterful editing resulted in one of the best horse scenes ever watched in Ben Hur but surely coud be superceded with the use of modern methods.
When you think of the number of remakes of not so good films one wonders why some of the bigger ones have not been tackled.
I don't believe that David Lean's Dr Zchivago can ever be bettered in any remake. There are no fancy special effects other than awesome but natural winter photography, strong plot line with excellent acting and directing. It's as basic as a film making can get, but works extremely well.