I think this is the studio version of N rich. http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/new-ben-hur-movie-remake-reboot-mgm-lew-wallace-novel/ “It’s one of the great stories of friendship and betrayal, and faith, that works in the context of a big onscreen action thriller for a global audience,” Daniel said of the Wallace novel. What? However I did not know the Ben Hur book was that popular. Were there no books around for much of the 19th and 20th century?