News Bits: Ben-Hur, Patels, High, Shave, 109

MGM and Paramount Pictures have pushed back the release of Timur Bekmambetov’s “Ben-Hur” remake by nearly six months – from February 26th 2016 to an August 12th 2016 opening. Jack Huston stars in the film as the titular Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell).

The reasoning here seems to be financial – Paramount has had success in late Summer in recent years with both “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot, and the studio wants to exploit that along with utilising the upcoming Olympics as an advertising platform. [Source: Variety]

Meet the Patels
Fox Searchlight is reportedly developing a narrative feature remake of the recently released documentary “Meet The Patels”. Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel will return to co-direct from their own script.

30-year-old Ravi starred as himself in the film, a first-generation Indian-American pressured by his parents to agree to an arranged marriage and agrees to make a serious effort to find a partner – while not telling his parents that he’s recently broken up with a woman because she’s not Indian. [Source: Variety]

Monster High
Ari Sandel (“The Duff”) is in negotiations to direct “Monster High,” the upcoming film adaptation of the popular Mattel toy line at Universal Pictures. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will produce.

The story focuses on the spawn of famous monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman undergoing the trials and tribulations of high school. The franchise involves toys, animated movies, video games, apps, among other games and activities and is primarily targeted at girls. [Source: Heat Vision]

The Shave
Route One Entertainment and Lost City, along with Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus, are set to produce and finance the LAPD thriller “The Shave” based on a script by Thomas White and Miles Hubley.

The story focuses on an LAPD officer who has been recently exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student. He visits the boy’s father at his barbershop to tell him his side of the story while receiving a straight razor shave. [Source: Variety]

Mayday 109
Producers Beau Flynn (“San Andreas”) and Basil Iwanyk (“Sicario”) have teamed to acquire and produce Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore’s script “Mayday 109” which explores the true story of what happened when a patrol torpedo boat captained by future president John F. Kennedy was smashed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer.

His efforts to help his survivng crew members saw him qualify for the Purple Heart honor, while the story also helped his launch into politics. The producers are presently looking for both a director and an actor to play the young JFK. [Source: Deadline]