'Hero' Director Zhang Yimou to Direct 'Quasimodo' Starring Josh Brolin

August 1, 2013
Source: Variety

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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.

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"director Zhang Yimou is in talks to take over the project based on the classic Victor Hugo novel about Zhang Yimou..." Minor error.

titan98rg on Aug 1, 2013



DAVIDPD on Aug 1, 2013


Actually, I wouldn't characterize Zhang Yimou as an action director at all. The three martial arts films he did happen to be the only major ones imported to the United States (we're not typically interested in anything Chinese if it doesn't have swords) Yimou was definitely an art film/dramatic director for most of his career and I would guess this will look like one of those movies. Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be violence in it...

Boiler Bro Joe on Aug 1, 2013


Hero was one of the most beautiful movies I'd ever seen.

dvt on Aug 1, 2013


Brolin better pray this isn't another Jonah Hex. I can't wait for the American trailers with "Noter Daym" pronunciation.

cobrazombie on Aug 4, 2013


Once again there will be some atrocity instead of Hugo's masterpiece! Why do these stupid directors dare to lay their dirty hands on classical books without reading them?!

Marfa Samarra on Aug 20, 2013

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