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  • KyleBailey
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    First images! 

    In August, we are getting a remake of the Oscar winning Ben Hur. Although it’s not really needed aside from fixing the blackface problems with this original, Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman’s casting seems promising.  

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    This is why I kinda hate remakes. If it ain’t fixed, don’t break it. Or something like that.

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    babypook
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    O no. I was hoping it was an untrue rumour.

     

    Those poor horses…..let them be CGI. One thing’s for certain. They didnt have a choice about pulling ol’ Ben around a track.

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    Cheshire
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    The trailer is out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXKiVVK8V-4 

    I mean, it looks kinda cool. I have no investment what so ever.

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    Shawn Capriola
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    From winner of the most Academy awards to what will most likely be a Flop remake. Hollywood needs to be stopped. This trailer is completely run of the mill action trash.

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    Guest2014
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    Razzie Award winner. 

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    Eddy Q
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    Looks dreadful.

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    I’m smelling Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake vibe. Please stop this remake, don’t ruin Ben-Hur legacy

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    AMG
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    Yeah it’s winning all the Razzies, isn’t it?

    It just looks so run of the mill. Aside from Morgan Freeman, the cast is entire near-unknowns. Plus, Freeman himself hasn’t exactly set the world alight with the films he’s appeared in recently.

    Why do they keep making sword and sandal films? When was the last time that genre actually did well critically and/or commercially?

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    Hunter Logan
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    Why do they keep making sword and sandal films? When was the last time that genre actually did well critically and/or commercially?

    Gladiator won Best Picture and made well over 400 million in 2000.
    Troy is meh (in the 50’s on RT) BUT it made almost 500 million in 2004.
    300 is Fresh on RT and made over 400 million in 2006, and its sequel Rise of An Empire made over 300 million in 2014. 
    Clash of the Titans was not critically acclaimed but made almost 500 million in 2010, and its sequel Wrath of the Titans made 300 million two years later. 
    Immortals made over 200 million in 2011 (however, it received middling reviews.)

    ^And all that is with a very strict definition of “sword and sandal”

    As you can see, there is a HUGE audience for sword and sandal movies.  I’m not saying in any way that Ben-Hur will do well either critically or commercially (in fact I think it will bomb in both aspects) but it’s clear that many people truly like the genre, as it cranks out some consistently solid hits and even a few critically-acclaimed films here and there as well. 
    It is true that the genre has declined a bit both in popularity and quality, though. 

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    LOL, sword and sandal, that’s one hell of a genre. Commercially I think this genre will do fine, but critically; still questionable

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