'Hero' Director Zhang Yimou to Direct 'Quasimodo' Starring Josh Brolin
Back in February of 2011, news surfaced that Tim Burton was working on a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Warner Bros. with Josh Brolin attached to star. But since then, there haven't been any updates. However, it appears Burton has fallen away from the project which is now going by the title Quasimodo, as Variety reports Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou is in talks to take over the project based on the classic Victor Hugo novel about Zhang Yimou the deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral who falls for a beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda.
Yimou is an interesting choice for this film with a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the duo behind the recent stylized Sherlock Holmes franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. His hiring implies that there will likely be some kind of action in this adaptation, but the image of Brolin as a hunchback fighting bad guys seems a little silly, so we're not sure what to expect. The last film Yimou directed was Flowers of War with Christian Bale, so he doesn't always have heightened action in his films, so there's always the chance this could just be a grounded dramatic fantasy. Stay tuned.