Disney has confirmed that a live action remake of the 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is in the works.
The film is being produced by and will reportedly star actor Josh Gad, who voiced the snowman Olaf in Disney’s smash hit Frozen as well as appearing as LeFou in Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
Sing the bells, bells, bells
Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells… pic.twitter.com/Sg676VmL77
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 16, 2019
Following the announcement, Gad who is also listed as a producer on the film, posted a picture on Twitter of himself outside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris with the caption “Sing the bells, bells, bells/Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells…”
The new adaption, entitled Hunchback, will pull from both the animated film and the original Victor Hugo novel. Songwriters Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who worked on the animated film, as well as Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang as set to work on the film.
The film follows a disfigured bell ringer, Quasimodo, who struggles to find his place in the world. While no casting announcements have been made, it is thought that producer Josh Gad will be playing the titular bell ringer, Quasimodo.
Fans of the Disney musical have been reacting excitedly on Twitter, with many proposing their own casting hopes.
just imagine seeing THESE shots in LIVE ACTION in the reboot of the hunchback of notre dame. i can’t be more excited. pic.twitter.com/MEwdjta7gO
— ????lo • hbd millie!! (@livmendel) January 16, 2019
There is only one actor alive I can picture playing Frollo in Disney’s upcoming live action Hunchback of Notre Dame remake and that is Charles Dance #hunchbackofnotredame #tywin pic.twitter.com/ouQlFijlih
— Will Mavity (@mavericksmovies) January 16, 2019
This would be my ideal casting for the live action Hunchback of Notre Dame: pic.twitter.com/ysdW0QsPbr
— Joel ? (@Joel_T_Crofts) January 16, 2019
This is the latest in a long line of recent live-action adaptations including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.