In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, composer Alan Menken provided an update on the live-action version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He remarked, “It’s a hard one since the Hunchback movie and plot feature a lot of actual, real themes that are significant subjects and should be investigated to be debated.
And there needs to be unanimity on how we will handle those problems. Do we perform The Hunchback of Notre Dame without Hellfire? I don’t believe so. So it is currently in this uncertain state.
The live-action version was first revealed in 2019 with Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Tony Award–winning playwright David Henry Hwang connected. The project was reportedly being produced by Josh Gad.
The Disney animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic book vividly depicts Quasimodo, the meek and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, and his heroic exploits. Quasimodo ventures outside of the solitude of his tower in search of Esmerelda, the beautiful gypsy, at the advice of his humorous gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne.
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Quasi, the unlikeliest of heroes, strives to protect the people and the city he loves and, in doing so, teaches us to see people for who they really are rather than how they may initially look.
Paul Kandel, Mary Wickes, Mary Kay Bergman, Gary Trousdale, Tom Hulce, Tony Jay, Jane Withers, Kevin Kline, Corey Burton, Bill Fagerbakke, Frank Welker, David Ogden Stiers, Demi Moore, Charles Kimbrough, Jason Alexander, Patrick Pinney, and Jim Cummings are among the voice actors who have contributed to the project.
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Disney+ currently has the 1996 animated version available for streaming.