Idris Elba is bringing a modern retelling of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to Netflix subscribers. It seems like this will be a passion project for Elba, who is involved in almost every aspect of the film. The popular actor will be starring in, directing, and producing the film for Netflix, but we don’t have a release window at this time.
While the film will be based on Victor Hugo’s classic story, Netflix hasn’t confirmed the title yet. The video-streaming platform did confirm that the feature will be a “sonic and musical experience,” and that Elba will also be producing the music. Michael Mitnick (The Current War) is onboard to write the script.
Michael Mitnick wrote the screenplay for “The Current War,” which was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and featured Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. Mitnick has also wrote the screenplay for “The Giver,” which starred Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Other projects with Mitnick include the HBO Series VINYL, and he will adapt “Lily and the Octopus” for Amazon Film. Michael’s screenplay “The American”, about American composer Leonard Bernstein, will shoot this October. Jake Gyllenhaal stars and Cary Fukunaga will direct.
While Elba still does a lot of work on the screen-screen, he’s picked some great franchises on the big-screen as well. Elba recently reprised his role of Heimdall for “Avengers: Infinity War,” a role that was also featured in the 2017 hit “Thor: Ragnarok”. Elba was also a major part of “The Dark Tower,” starring alongside Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor, and was also featured in “The Mountain Between Us,” “Molly’s Game,” “Star Trek: Beyond” and Disney’s “The Jungle Book”.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” has been remade and adapted over a dozen times over the years, the story has launched plays, made for TV movies, and films. One of the most popular adaptions was the 1996 animated-comedy simply called “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. That production was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and featured the voices of Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Kevin Kline, Charles Kimbrough, and Tom Hulce.