With Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland grossing a whopping $1 billion-plus worldwide, it's no surprise that Hollywood is taking advantage of audience's fond memories by making new big-budget versions of fairytales and other classic stories.
There's already everything from multiple versions of The Three Musketeers to a new live-action Cinderella in the works, but as Risky Business reports, the latest example is a new action-adventure film that's inspired by the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame story.
The original pitch is by relative newcomers Willie Block and Jake Emanuel and it must be impressive as Paramount Pictures has already snapped it up.
The new film isn't exactly a retelling of the Notre Dame story but is said to mix original ideas within the framework of that story. Not at all surprising, the "high-concept action-adventure" is being compared to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (throwing in that franchise's name is guaranteed to get the big studios interested).
Having said that, no plot details are available yet as they are being kept under wraps by producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures (Transformers, G.I. Joe). That's entirely understandable, given that the film doesn't appear to be at the script stage yet (it doesn't even have a name yet).
I know this may inspire some rants from some of our readers about how Hollywood has no creativity left (don't worry, we tend to agree with you a lot of the time! :-P ). However, I'm actually okay with this particular re-imagining for a couple of reasons:
- This isn't exactly the first time the story has been adapted (there's dozens of Hunchback tales, ranging from film to radio adaptations).
- This isn't a literal translation of the Notre Dame story, but rather a mix of old and new ideas. I say let's see more of that sort of thing.
We'll obviously have to wait until some plot details come out about this new Hunchback of Notre Dame project but for the time being I'm curious to see what becomes of the idea. How about you?
Source: Risky Business