Alice in Wonderland. Maleficent. Cinderella. The Jungle Book. Beauty and the Beast. Disney has just been mining their animation vault full of classics for live-action ideas lately. Just this year alone we have three reimagined classics hitting the big screen: Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King (hit the links to watch the trailers for all three).
Now Disney wants another easy win with Hunchback, a live-action musical based off of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Deadline says that playwright David Henry Hwang has been hired to script Hunchback. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz have also signed on to write the music. These two have worked with Disney in the past, including on the animated Hunchback of Notre Dame. This could be a sign that the film will pull some music from that film.
The most interesting detail is that Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) is set to executive produce the upcoming adaptation. What’s more, Deadline reports that he might take the lead role of Quasimodo as well. Honestly, if that’s the case, then this film is dead before it even started. I’ve never gotten the appeal of Gad. He’s fine as Olaf the snowman, but keep him away from any live-action roles.
No word yet on when production could start or a release window Disney is aiming for. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.