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Hero director Zhang Yimou in talks to direct Quasimodo with Josh Brolin

08.01.2013

Quasimodo

Josh Brolin has been attached to an adaptation of the Victor Hugo book The Hunchback of Notre Dame called QUASIMODO for a while without any movement, but now Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. is eyeing Zhang Yimou to direct the film. Yimou is best known for his wuxia films like HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, and his last film was THE FLOWERS OF WAR with Christian Bale.

Victor Hugo's novel has been made adapted for the big screen before, but there hasn't been one (that I can think of anyway) since the Disney film back in 1996. I won't get into how Disney butchered the book (although they kind of had to in order to make it kid friendly), but I could definitely get behind a new film version of the classic story. There's no other details on QUASIMODO, so hopefully this is a straight-up adaptation and not a "re-imagining" or something similar like I, FRANKENSTEIN.

Josh Brolin would make a great Quasimodo (they could probably use some of that left over make-up from JONAH HEX) and Zhang Yimou is a very talented director who could bring a lot visually to the film. If they keep the film as dark and depressing as the book then QUASIMODO might be worth checking out.

Extra Tidbit: I could see Mila Kunis playing Esmeralda. What do you think?
Source: Variety

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3:45PM on 08/01/2013
Future box office bomb in the makin here. Nobody wants to see Brolin playing a hunchback...
Future box office bomb in the makin here. Nobody wants to see Brolin playing a hunchback...
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9:56AM on 08/01/2013
Gotta hand it to Brolin for having such a diverse career. The man can do any genre.
Gotta hand it to Brolin for having such a diverse career. The man can do any genre.
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9:53AM on 08/01/2013
They should seriously think about hiring Matt Smith or Benedict Cumberbatch for Quasimodo and save a fortune on prosthetics.
They should seriously think about hiring Matt Smith or Benedict Cumberbatch for Quasimodo and save a fortune on prosthetics.
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11:45AM on 08/01/2013
lol!
lol!
9:17AM on 08/01/2013
"Director Zhang Yimou In Talks To Direct Quasimodo with Josh Brolin" - and the prize for weirdest headline of the day has been taken! It would be nice to see Zhang interpret the story, particularly massive crowd scenes - he does those well.
"Director Zhang Yimou In Talks To Direct Quasimodo with Josh Brolin" - and the prize for weirdest headline of the day has been taken! It would be nice to see Zhang interpret the story, particularly massive crowd scenes - he does those well.
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9:09AM on 08/01/2013

Tidbit: I'd prefer someone lesser known

However, this is good news if true. I loved Hero and House of Flying Daggers, but I have yet to see The Flowers of War.
However, this is good news if true. I loved Hero and House of Flying Daggers, but I have yet to see The Flowers of War.
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8:59AM on 08/01/2013

Awkward silence.

I think Brolin should stay away from characters involving prosthetics and / or heavy makeup..just to destroy any memory or link to Jonah Hex.
I think Brolin should stay away from characters involving prosthetics and / or heavy makeup..just to destroy any memory or link to Jonah Hex.
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8:48AM on 08/01/2013

I could see that tidbit for sure.

Also Ian McKellen as Frollo, that would be a dark turn for him.
Also Ian McKellen as Frollo, that would be a dark turn for him.
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9:14AM on 08/01/2013
This would be dream casting.
This would be dream casting.
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