'Ben-Hur' Pushed to Summer 2016, 'Anomalisa' Gets Holiday Release

Anomalisa and Ben Hur Split - H 2015

The remake of the Hollywood classic will star Jack Huston as the eponymous protagonist.

MGM and Paramount Pictures’ Ben-Hur has been pushed from its February 26, 2016 release date to August 12, 2016

Paramount has also announced that Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animation Anomalisa will hit theaters on December 30, 2015 with a limited release. 

The remake of the 1959 Hollywood epic will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov, with a script co-written by Keith R. Clark and 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley. American Hustle's Jack Huston will step into the role made famous by Charlton Heston, and will star alongside Nazanin Boniadi and Morgan Freeman. 

Ben-Hur follows the story of a nobleman who survived years of wrongful enslavement and has plans to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.  

Paramount has had success in the past with releasing tentpole films in the late summer. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were both August releases and went on to gross $679 million and $485 million, respectively, at the world wide box office.  

Paramount nabbed the Being John Malkovich director's first foray into animation, following the film's North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Kaufman raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter to make the movie, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson. Anomalisa centers on the story of a disenchanted motivational speaker (David Thewlis) and his romantic relationship with an enigmatic woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh).