1 August 2013 3:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Bros. are currently working on a new big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s iconic 1831 novel, ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame‘ from a script by Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ Kieran and Michele Mulroney. It’s a project, titled Quasimodo, that’s been stuck in development hell for quite some time but could now be moving forward with famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Josh Brolin has been attached since day one and is expected to take the lead of the deformed bell-ringer, who becomes the saviour of his beloved Esmerelda when the young gypsy girl is framed for murder.

The filmmaker behind the likes of international martial-arts hits Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, most recently impressed with acclaimed wartime drama The Flowers Of War starring Christian Bale. Hugo’s novel has been adapted many times, perhaps most famously by William Dieterle in 1939, starring Charles Laughton as the hunchbacked hero. »

- Craig Hunter

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