The rise of television sent Hollywood into a tailspin. With television providing free entertainment in people’s homes, The motion picture industry had to figure out ways to get people to leave their houses and drive to theaters. Hollywood decided to return to its days of historic and religious epics.
Huge epics like Ben-Hur brought out audiences by giving them something they couldn’t get on a small television screen. This proved to be unsustainable since the large budgets made them bigger risks.