Oscar nominee Josh Brolin is about to get ugly for his next role. According to THR, the actor will join forces with Tim Burton for a retelling of the classic story The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The last incarnation we saw was in 1997 when Disney painted their pretty picture of the tortured character. Hopefully with Burton and Brolin, we’ll get something a lot closer to the source material.
The trade reports that Warner Bros is developing the project with Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writing team behind the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the novel written by Victor Hugo, back in 1831. It centers on “Quasimodo, a deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Norte Dame cathedral who tragically falls in love with beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda.”
The first feature adaption was in 1905 under the title Esmerelda, and the last was the aforementioned Disney version from the nineties. For years people have been fascinated with the tale of this tortured soul, and now Josh Brolin will put a new spin on the battered protagonist.
Brolin will both star and co-produce the film, while Burton is in early talks to helm. The director is very busy with pre-production for another WB gothic-tale, Dark Shadows. Dun! Dun! Dun!
What do you think of Brolin as the new Quasimodo?