Judah's TriumphBill Wyler is the director of the 1959 prime version of Ben-Hur. The film is usually an adaptation of General Lew Wallace's novel. Karl Tunberg can be credited with all the actual movie script. Sam Zimbalist was the initial producer of Ben-Hur, although he died before the completing filming. Both the main character types are Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd). Another person involved with this film is Miklos Rozsa. He composed..