What more do you want, Tim Burton? You’ve already done your own versions of Frankenstein, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, and Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows is in pre-production right now. Is there any old cult-type property you don’t want to remake? We’ll let you have They Saved Hitler’s Brain if you really want it, but come on buddy. Learn a new tune. At least Johnny Depp won’t be starring – again – in his recently announced remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Warner Bros. I’m not sure that exactly qualifies as ‘stepping out of your comfort zone,’ but it’s a start.
Hollywood Reporter ‘tolled’ the world* about the upcoming project, which will team Burton for the first time with Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin, who will star as the deformed bell-enthusiast Quasimodo, who lives at the top of Notre Dame cathedral and comes to blows with his nefarious caretaker after they both fall in love with the gypsy woman Esmerelda. Disney produced an unexpectedly messed up version of the story that rewrote the ending but still featured the villain singing about how much he wanted to rape the heroine, so big ups to the House of Mouse anyway.
The film will be scripted by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writers of the upcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, also from Warner Bros. It must be nice to have a sanctuary at one of the biggest companies in Hollywood.
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