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Josh Brolin and Tim Burton teaming up for The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

03.01.2011

Josh Brolin as Quasimodo? Hmmm...

According to THR's Heat Vision, Brolin is spear-heading an attempt for Warner Bros. to bring Victor Hugo's classic 1831 story THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to the big screen once again, trying to enlist the help of director Tim Burton (DARK SHADOWS) who's like a magnet to stories about ostracized freaks.

HUNCHBACK, which will come from scribes Kieran and Michele Mulroney (SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS), "tells the story of Quasimodo, a deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Norte Dame cathedral who tragically falls in love with beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda." We've most recently seen the tale take animated form thanks to Disney back in 1996, and then decades back with the terrific 1939 version starring Charles Laughton as the title character.

Brolin will produce and star, though it's not made explicitly clear that he would be taking on the role of the hunchback. Burton's involvement, however, is up in the air. The director is currently knee-deep in pre-production on his upcoming gothic soap revival DARK SHADOWS. And while he's reportedly interested in HUNCHBACK, his official attachment is contingent on first seeing a script.
Extra Tidbit: Things did not bode well the last time we saw Brolin deformed...

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4:50PM on 03/01/2011
Did Tim Burton's name really need to be followed by "(DARK SHADOWS)" as if that would help readers know who he is?

Regardless, if Brolin is smart he will enlist a director who has made a good movie in the last 15 years.
Did Tim Burton's name really need to be followed by "(DARK SHADOWS)" as if that would help readers know who he is?

Regardless, if Brolin is smart he will enlist a director who has made a good movie in the last 15 years.
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3:07PM on 03/01/2011
Are you sure Shrek wasn't based on *this* guy?
Are you sure Shrek wasn't based on *this* guy?
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2:07PM on 03/01/2011
Tim Burton was once my favourite director, now he's up there as a name I avoid.
Tim Burton was once my favourite director, now he's up there as a name I avoid.
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12:50PM on 03/01/2011

Tim Burton....

I probably would have liked a more Count of Monte Cristo look, rather than Sweeney Todd. But whatever. It's probably something I'll check out.
I probably would have liked a more Count of Monte Cristo look, rather than Sweeney Todd. But whatever. It's probably something I'll check out.
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12:16PM on 03/01/2011
With Johnny Depp as Esmeralda...
With Johnny Depp as Esmeralda...
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10:24AM on 03/01/2011
I'm torn. I've loved the look of Burton's atmospheric, period pieces like Sleepy Hollow & Sweeney Todd. But I just get tired and bored thinking of him devoting time to Hunchback. Been there, done that . . . I do like the Brolin casting though.
I'm torn. I've loved the look of Burton's atmospheric, period pieces like Sleepy Hollow & Sweeney Todd. But I just get tired and bored thinking of him devoting time to Hunchback. Been there, done that . . . I do like the Brolin casting though.
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10:05AM on 03/01/2011
Could be cool.

I for one Jonah Hex for what it was, even though it should have been alot better.
Could be cool.

I for one Jonah Hex for what it was, even though it should have been alot better.
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1:00PM on 03/01/2011
Brolin, himself, would ask you to please not bring up Jonah Hex righ now . . .
Brolin, himself, would ask you to please not bring up Jonah Hex righ now . . .
8:33AM on 03/01/2011
Wow Tim Burton remaking something else. Shocking. Does he even care anymore?
Wow Tim Burton remaking something else. Shocking. Does he even care anymore?
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7:16AM on 03/01/2011
Could be pretty damn cool.. but Brolin should not play Quasimodo, maybe Paul Giamatti or Philip Seymour Hoffman would be awesome!
Could be pretty damn cool.. but Brolin should not play Quasimodo, maybe Paul Giamatti or Philip Seymour Hoffman would be awesome!
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