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ABC remaking 'The Ten Commandments'

Veteran film producer Robert Halmi is remaking The Ten Commandments for ABC Television. The two-part film will be broadcast over the upcoming Easter weekend. ABC will not break with tradition by cancelling its traditional broadcast of the original version of the film (produced in 1956) which starred, of course, Charlton Heston.

ABC President Stephen McPherson said, “Do viewers come in to watch the old one and then get enticed to watch a new one?” he said. “Or is that too much of one thing and viewers say, ‘Eh, why do I want to watch a new one?’ We’ll see … what works in better with our schedule.”

The film will star Dougray Scott as Moses, Omar Sharif will take on the role of Jethro and the Rameses role made famous by Yul Brynner will be played by Paul Rhys. In case you are wondering, Dougray Scott is heterosexual (see! He’s got two kids a wife).

IMDB has more details of the casting and the few other details available at this time.