Josh Brolin is looking to bring The Hunchback Of Notre Dame to the screen again…

News Simon Brew

May 15, 2018

Back in 2011, Josh Brolin was in the early stages of developing a Quasimodo movie along with Tim Burton, based of course on Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Then, a year or two later, Burton had departed the project, but the film scored the coup of landing Hero and House Of Flying Daggers helmer Zhang Yimou instead.

Brolin was set to take the lead role in the movie, and Warner Bros was backing the movie.

The project then fizzled out, but Brolin – chatting to us whilst promoting Deadpool 2 – has revealed that the fire on this one may have been relit.

“We’re talking about doing Quasimodo again,” he confirmed to Den of Geek UK, revealing where things went wrong before. “It’s something I’ve been developing for a long time. It’s something I was going to do with Zhang Yimou. But then [the studio] didn’t approve him at the time, and so it kind of fell apart.”

Now, though, in the era of dramatic CG, Brolin reckons it’s set to be a much bigger film than originally envisaged.

“We’re revisiting the idea of doing that as bigger film, and I love that”, he told me. “Why would you say ‘I want to do this as a guerrilla film, a practical film?’ Having experienced Deadpool and The Avengers, I’m like why would you not want to take advantage of the technical proficiencies now? This cutting edge time? To be able to do Quasimodo climbing up Notre Dame. I love the idea of that”.

Conversely, Brolin now looks unlikely to take the lead in another project he was developing, George And Tammy, based on the relationship between George Jones and Tammy Wynette. “I just think it’s a type of movie that I don’t know is appropriate for right now,” he said. “If the film wants to get made outside of my being involved as an actor, I’m not against that, if it’s the right actor.”

For now, the project sits in limbo. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more, though. The full interview with Josh Brolin can be found here.