It's home to Rome for the chariots of Ben-Hur

After much speculation about the main studio location for the major new remake of Ben-Hur, it seems that the chariots are racing once more in Rome, specifically at the legendary Cinecittà Studios.

After much speculation about the main studio location for the major new remake of Ben-Hur, it seems that the chariots are racing once more in Rome, specifically at the legendary Cinecittà Studios.

It's home to Rome for the chariots of Ben-Hur
Jack Huston

Among the producers on the project – directed by Timur Bekmambetov – are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband and wife team who run faith-based shingle LightWorkers Media.

The MGM feature stars Jack Huston (pictured) as the eponymous Jewish prince who becomes a Christian and chariot-racer while being held by the Romans at the start of the first century.

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (the story of Jesus runs parallel to that of the fictional Ben-Hur), upon which the blockbuster 1959 version starring Charlton Heston was also based. Famous for having a ‘cast of thousands’, that iconic film was also shot at Cinecittà Studios and broke the records for the biggest budget ($15.175m) and the largest sets of any film produced during that time.

Italy’s new ArtBonus programme, which was introduced in July, is today credited with drawing in more international productions – the scheme included a hefty rise in tax incentives for foreign filmmakers as part of the Cinema Tax Credit. Among those taking advantage of the current enticements is 007: the 24th in the behemoth Bond franchise is slated to film in Rome in early spring next year.

For more on filming in Italy, go to our country guide.

It's home to Rome for the chariots of Ben-Hur
Jack Huston

After much speculation about the main studio location for the major new remake of Ben-Hur, it seems that the chariots are racing once more in Rome, specifically at the legendary Cinecittà Studios.

Among the producers on the project – directed by Timur Bekmambetov – are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband and wife team who run faith-based shingle LightWorkers Media.

The MGM feature stars Jack Huston (pictured) as the eponymous Jewish prince who becomes a Christian and chariot-racer while being held by the Romans at the start of the first century.

The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (the story of Jesus runs parallel to that of the fictional Ben-Hur), upon which the blockbuster 1959 version starring Charlton Heston was also based. Famous for having a ‘cast of thousands’, that iconic film was also shot at Cinecittà Studios and broke the records for the biggest budget ($15.175m) and the largest sets of any film produced during that time.

Italy’s new ArtBonus programme, which was introduced in July, is today credited with drawing in more international productions – the scheme included a hefty rise in tax incentives for foreign filmmakers as part of the Cinema Tax Credit. Among those taking advantage of the current enticements is 007: the 24th in the behemoth Bond franchise is slated to film in Rome in early spring next year.

For more on filming in Italy, go to our country guide.

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