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Writer John Ridley Rewriting New Adaptation Of 'Ben-Hur'

Reported by Outsiders - 2013.10.25

Double header of a report concerning writer John Ridley, who wrote "12 Years A Slave" is taking new racial issues and bring that project to television. The developmental drama project is titled 'American Crime' and is 'set in California’s Central Valley, American Crime centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the victims, the accused and their families. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics.' The project is being executive produced and written by Ridley and executive produced by former ABC Studios head of drama-turned-producer Michael McDonald through ABC Studios.

Source: Deadline

In other news, MGM has picked up 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley to do a rewrite on a new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The new adaptation will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The studio will begin casting soon with start beginning in the spring.

Source: Deadline

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