Live-Action Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Works

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Live-Action Hunchback of Notre Dame in the Works

Disney is in the very early stages of a live-action Hunchback of Notre Dame which is based on Disney’s animated film from 1996 and Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Paris” from 1831. Given Disney’s recent success with live-action films, this one is sure to be just as amazing.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been recreated multiple times, most notably the popular 1996 animated Disney version, and the 1939 Charles Laughton version. The Hunchback if you recall is the story of the bell ringer from the Notre Dame Cathedral who forms a special friendship with Esmeralda the gypsy. Disney’s animated version grossed $325 million worldwide.

Currently, David Henry Hwang is set to write the script.  His prior productions include “M Butterfly”, which he won a Tony award for, “Chinglish” “Yellow Face” and “Aida” just to name a few. Producing the live-action play will be Josh Gad and Mandeville Films. Gad, as you know, was the voice of the fan favorite, Olaf in Disney’s Frozen. Gad also played LeFou in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken will score the music. Musically, Schwartz and Menken have achieved major accomplishments. Schwartz worked on “Wicked”, “Godspell”, and “Pippin”. Menken has eight Academy Awards to his name. His list includes “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, and he scored the original Hunch Back of Notre Dame.

Disney has been successful over the past few years turning popular animated movies into live action productions. Currently, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Alice in Wonderland have already been produced. Three more live action movies are set to debut in 2019. Dumbo will be released March 29th, 2019. Aladdin, starring Will Smith will be released May 24th, 2019, and The Lion King which packs a large notable cast will be released July 19th, 2019.

What are your thoughts on Disney’s live-action remakes? Are you a fan of them or do you prefer the animated version? What would you like to see as the next live-action remake? Speaking personally, I am extremely excited for a live action Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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