Tim Burton & Josh Brolin Making a New 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'
With competing Snow White projects moving swiftly into production, yet another familiar tale is in the midst of a live-action big screen revival. THR reports director Tim Burton and actor Josh Brolin are working with Warner Bros. to develop a new take on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the 1831 Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The original story followed Quasimodo, a deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Norte Dame cathedral who tragically falls in love with beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda. Apparently Brolin came up with the idea for the project, and while Burton is interested in directing, he's not formally attached just yet.
Supposedly Burton's involvement is contingent on a good script from writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the same writing duo who brought new life to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective stories with Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. Apparently Brolin would also produce the film, but as this is a project still in the infancy of development without a script, we likely won't hear anything about this one for awhile.
Keep in mind that this also has nothing to do with the new take on the story Paramount picked up in July of last year. We may very well have another race to the finish line much like the aforementioned Snow White situation. Of course, it's hard to gauge how exciting this story might be without any plot details to differentiate from the countless adaptations in TV and film including the most famous 1997 Disney animated version. But with Brolin and Burton involved, it certainly sounds intriguing. What do you think?