‘Ben Hur’ to reach British shores

DRG acquires two-parter mini

BERLIN — London-based sales company DRG has picked up Steve Shill’s new “Ben Hur” miniseries.

The $25 million, two-part event drama, which ABC will air in the U.S., follows two friends who find themselves on opposite sides during the Roman Empire’s occupation of Judea, stars Joseph Morgan (“Master and Commander”), Stephen Campbell Moore (“The History Boys”), Ray Winstone (“The Departed”) and Hugh Bonneville (“Notting Hill”).

Other international broadcasters already on board include Spain’s Antena3 and ProSieben Television in Germany. CBC in Canada premiered “Ben Hur” earlier this year.

“Ben Hur” is a co-production by Muse Entertainment and Drimtim Entertainment Prods. in association with Berlin-based Akkord Film, Antena3 and ProSieben.

DRG acquired the two-parter in a deal with the producers and Alchemy Television Distribution Limited.

David Wyler, son of William Wyler, who directed the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston, is one of the executive producers on the miniseries.

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