Tim Burton and Josh Brolin Team up for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Tim Burton

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is coming to the big screen once again and this time it’s coming with Tim Burton and Josh Brolin.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. is developing the project with Burton and Brolin. They are also bringing along Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who wrote the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel for the studio.

Hunchback is an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo that tells the tale of Quasimodo. The character is a deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer at the Norte Dame cathedral and tragically falls in love with beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda. The book was first adapted in 1905 into a film titled ‘Esmeralda.’ The last major adaptations were both in 1997, when both a Disney animated movie and an action-heavy pic starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek came to theaters.

The book features everything from Quasimodo fighting off troops, to love and betrayal, a hanging, a swing off a belltower, not to mention bodies and graves galore. In other words, it’s just the kind of stuff that is perfect for Burton.

The project, which being spearheaded by Brolin (who would also produce as well as star), is still in the very early stages of development. Burton is currently in pre-production on Dark Shadows for Warners, and though word is that he’s interested, his commitment would be dependent on the outcome of the script.

If the film does make in on screen, it will be Brolin’s second crack at a deformed personage after starring as the title character in Jonah Hex, the facially scarred DC Comics anti-hero.

Print This Post Print This Post

Please make sure to read our comment policy before posting a comment.