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Ben Hur to Ride Chariot to ABC

Alchemy Television Group and Spain's Drimtim Ent. will produce a four-hour miniseries about the life of Ben Hur, according to VARIETY.

ABC will air the project as a limited series, but no date has been set. Alchemy and Drimtim will also shop the project about the renegade ancient Roman hero around to other territories at next week's MIPTV.

David Wyler, son of William Wyler, the director of the 1959 version of BEN-HUR, is exec producing with Simon Vaughan at Alchemy and Roger Corbi at Drimtim.

Partners on the $22.5 million production include ABC, Canada's Muse Ent. and the CBC, Morocco's Zak Prods., Spain's Antenna 3, and Germany's Akkord Films and Pro Seiben.

Steve Shill of HBO's ROME will direct a script by Alan Sharp. Casting is still underway for the miniseries, whose production is set to begin in May in Spain, Morocco and Canada.