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Tim Burton and Josh Brolin are currently developing 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' for Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, it tells the story of Quasimodo, a hunch-backed bell ringer for the Notre Dame cathedral who tragically falls in love with a beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda, only to be dragged into a violent confrontation when the Archdeacon of the cathedral becomes obsessed with her as well.
The film is being written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who recently wrote the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" for Warner Bros. Brolin is currently spearheading the project, and will produce as well as co-star in it.
Burton, who is hard at work on his "Dark Shadows" adaptation with Johnny Depp is interested, but his future involvement with the project is dependent on the outcome of the script. The last version of 'Hunchback' seen in theaters was the 1996 Disney animated film, which veered drastically from the very adult source material.
The film seems right up Burton's alley - a deformed weirdo who watches the world from a distance, an ethereal beauty that he falls in love with, persecution, betrayal, gothic architecture, bodies and graves... basically, Burton's whole bag o' tricks. What do you think? Is this a case of the right project being brought to the right director, or is this movie just one Helena Bonham Carter away from being yet another T-Shirt at Hot Topic?