The House of Mouse is tightening its grip on Hollywood as Dinsey announces it’s going to remake The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Joining the Dinsey Renaissance of 1989-1999, The Hunchback of Notre Dame starred Demi Moore as the flamboyant Esmeralda and Tom Hulce as the downtrodden Quasimodo. Adapting Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, the 1996 version of Hunchback was a colorful trip to Gay Paree.
Deadline reveals that M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang will pen the script, while Disney legends Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will reunite for the score. Menken and Schwartz have worked on movies including Pocahontas and even the animated version of Hunchback.
Elsewhere, Josh Gad — who played Oladf in Frozen and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast — is set to produce. Live-action versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame are nothing new and stretch back to 1905. Still, it will be interesting to see how Disney’s licence to print money will work with this gothic tale.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Disney’s darkest animations, so it’s unclear whether the live-action version will stick with the brooding tone of the 1996 movie. I’m just hoping audiences see The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the love story it is and there isn’t an outcry of sensitivity about having a deformed bell-ringer in 2019.
Deadline reiterates that there’s no solid casting, but it’s pretty likely that Gad will also have a big part in the movie. With there being no news on the cast for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, we’re free to let our casting minds go mad. Disney’s live-action roster already includes impressive names like Will Smith, Emma Stone, and Beyoncé. All I’m going to say though is Jeremy Irons better be cast as Frollo!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame has an amazing legacy and was previously adapted into the even darker musical, Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, that ran in Berlin from 1999 to 2002. As for Disney’s live-action slate, we can barely move for remakes. Hopefully, Disney isn’t planning on adapting that awful direct-to-video sequel from 2002.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame joins the likes of Aladdin, The Lion King, Cruella, Mulan, and The Little Mermaid. You name it, they’re making it into a movie. That being said, I’m still waiting for a creepy live-action version of The Goofy Movie.
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