‘Ben-Hur’ Remake Release Pushed Back by Paramount

Studio also announces that Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will hit theaters on Dec. 30

Last Updated: October 21, 2015 @ 9:56 AM

Paramount has bumped the release of “Ben-Hur” to August 12, 2016, the studio announced Wednesday.

The film was previously slated for a February 26, 2016 release.

The studio also announced that “Anomalisa” will open on Dec. 30 of this year.

“Ben-Hur” stars Jack Huston, Morgan FreemanNazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. It is based on the 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace, which has already been adapted by Hollywood twice in 1925 and 1959.

It follows nobleman Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) who is falsely accused of an assassination attempted by his childhood friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He survives years of slavery under the Romans and attempts to get revenge.

“Anomalisa” is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation”). The filmmaker’s first stop-motion animated feature follows a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan voice characters.

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