Disney Working on ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Musical
Disney is adding another classic story to the long list of upcoming live-action adaptations that the studio is working on. The newest addition to the list is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which could possibly star Disney favorite, Josh Gad. Just like the original 1996 animated version, the live-action adaptation will be based on the Victor Hugo novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.”
Josh Gad is producing the film, with playwright David Henry Hwang writing the script. According to early reports, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are writing the music. Gad has already had a role in several major Disney releases, including “Frozen,” “Frozen 2,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” “Frozen Fever,” and the upcoming movie “Artemis Fowl.”
The Hunchback story will be the latest addition to Disney’s lineup of adaptations. Previous hits include “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Jungle Book.” The next big releases are “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Dumbo,” and a “Cruella” and “Mulan” film are also in the works.
Disney’s 1996 animated version of the story was a hit for the studio; Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed the film which featured the voice talents of Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Tom Hulce, and Charles Kimbrough. The film opened in second-place with $21M, behind Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Eraser,” and went on to make over $325M worldwide.
In the story, the “Hunchback” was a lonely bell-ringer in Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Soon he meets a street performer named Esmeralda and the two are soon persecuted by religious officials.
The next big release from Disney in this category is “Dumbo,” a film directed by Tim Burton that stars Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Dany DeVito, and Colin Farrell. In May fans can hit theaters to see Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin,” before rushing back to their local cinema to see Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King” in July.