Of late, Josh Brolin has been snowed under with heroes from Marvel Comics in his roles as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and Cable in Deadpool 2, but it seems that the actor has his sights set on another hero – this time in the shape of The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s Quasimodo.
The story, written by Victor Hugo, was first published in 1831, and has had many adaptations over the years, with the likes of Charles Laughton, Lon Chaney, and Anthony Hopkins taking on the titular role. However, perhaps the best-known version of this classic story is Disney’s 1996 animated adaptation, where Tom Hulce and Demi Moore providing the voices.
Brolin was in talks with Tim Burton in 2011, with a view to bringing a new live-action adaptation to theatres, with him in the role of Quasimodo, and Warner Bros. backing. However, Burton eventually dropped out of the project, being replaced with The Great Wall’s Zhang Yimou until development was stopped for various reasons.
Despite the many setbacks, Brolin still seems very invested in the project, and speaking to Den of Geek, the actor explained his renewed interest:
“We’re talking about doing Quasimodo again. It’s something I’ve been developing for a long time. It’s something I was going to do with Zhang Yimou. But then [the studio] didn’t approve him at the time, and so it kind of fell apart. We’re revisiting the idea of doing that as bigger film, and I love that…Having experienced Deadpool and The Avengers, I’m like why would you not want to take advantage of the technical proficiencies now? This cutting-edge time? To be able to do Quasimodo climbing up Notre Dame. I love the idea of that.”
If The Hunchback of Notre Dame is to happen, it may not be for some time, given Brolin’s busy schedule. With ongoing commitments to playing Thanos in the Marvel Universe, as well as a four-movie contract for Cable, and his recent work in Sicario 2: Soldado, the actor has arguably never been busier. While this idea is obviously still only in the development stages, Brolin clearly has a strong interest, and perhaps his current high-profile work will be the key to tipping the balance in his favour.