Paramount Picks Up New Hunchback of Notre Dame Concept
Maybe Alice in Wonderland was too much of a success, as this is what we get in return, more of these classic Disney fairtales "reimagined" as dark, epic thrillers. Yes, I know it's based on a Victor Hugo's original novel, but I have yet to be impressed with one of these pitches. RiskyBiz reports that Paramount picked up a pitch from rookie screenwriters Willie Block and Jake Emanuel that is a high concept action-adventure pitch which mixes original ideas with the framework of the traditional The Hunchback of Notre Dame story. Obviously Pirates of the Caribbean comparisons are being made, but the actual plot is being kept a secret.
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, best known for producing Transformers and G.I. Joe, is developing the project at Paramount. Screenwriters Block and Emanuel first gained recognition in town with an action comedy spec titled Fuck You I Win which has been floating around town, but hasn't made too much progress yet. Victor Hugo's original Hunchback of Notre Dame was published in 1831, although most may remember Disney's animated version of the classic gothic tale, which hit in 1996. This at least sounds like it could be interesting, but I'll have to wait to see who they get to direct and star in this first. We'll keep you updated on the project.
The photo seen above is of Lon Cheney from the silent live-action Hunchback of Notre Dame, produced by Universal Pictures, directed by Wallace Worsley, and released in 1923. Anyone think this could be cool?