ABC to air ‘Ben Hur’ miniseries

Production is set to begin in May

“Ben Hur” will ride again in a miniseries set to air in the U.S. on ABC.

Four-hour mini hails from Alchemy Television Group and Spain’s Drimtim Entertainment. The partners will shop the project to other territories at next week’s MIPTV international sales confab in Cannes.

David Wyler, son of helmer William Wyler, is an exec producer, along with Alchemy’s Simon Vaughan and Drimtim’s Roger Corbi. William Wyler’s 1959 rendition of the story of a renegade hero in ancient Rome won 11 Oscars, including best picture.

Steve Shill (HBO’s “Rome”) is on board as helmer of the script penned by Alan Sharp (“Rob Roy”). Production is set to begin in May in Spain, Morocco and Canada. Casting is still underway.

The $22.5 million production has a slew of other co-production partners, including ABC, Canada’s Muse Entertainment and the CBC, Morocco’s Zak Prods., Spain’s Antenna 3, and Germany’s Akkord Films and Pro Seiben.

ABC intends to present the project as a limited series. No airdate has been set.

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