Over a year ago Alan Menken had teased that Disney was developing a live-action adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now, the film is moving forward.
According to Deadline, Tony-winning M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang has been set by Disney to write the film.
Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (Both worked on the animated films music) will write the music for this adaptation. Mandeville is producing along with Beauty and the Beast and Frozen star Josh Gad. Gad is also rumored for the lead role of Quasimodo, but as of now no casting is solid now.
Released in 1996, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The film follows Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo’s cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame.
Disney’s live-action remakes have earned the the studio well over $5 billion dollars since 2010. So it comes as no surprise that the studio wants to continue developing these. This year alone will see the release of 4 live-action remakes Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Lady and the Tramp (Debuting on Disney+).