Before any movie is made, the studio really needs to say to themselves,"Is there really any reason this movie deserves to exist?" For Ben-Hur the answer was obviously: "No." How could they possibly improve on the 1959 Charlton Heston classic? Older fans that remember the original don't want an enormous IMAX 3D chariot race. Younger people couldn't care less about a sword-and-sandals movie like this. They dumped $100 million into the thing without realizing it would appeal to virtually nobody.