Co-producer Roma Downey comments on the message:
I asked Roma Downey why she and Mark took on such a project. She replied in an email that while the central theme is about reconciliation and forgiveness, "It's not specifically a faith movie … it's an action adventure drama, but it holds in its heart a story of hope. This is the balm our hurting world needs. This is why a Ben-Hur release for 2016 makes sense. We need this message in our country and in our world right now."The husband-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey also co-produced the Masada miniseries The Dovekeepers last year. See here and here and links.
Background on the new Ben-Hur movie, which opens on 19 August, is here and links.