Composer Alan Menken recently spoke with ComicBook.com and offered an update on the live-action remake of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
He stated, “It’s a tough one, because the Hunchback movie, Hunchback story involves a lot of real, real issues that are important issues and should be explored to be discussed. And there has to be an agreement about how we deal with those issues. You know, do we do a Hunchback without ‘Hellfire?’ I don’t think so … So it sits in this limbo right now.”
The live-action remake was first announced in 2019 with Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang attached, along with Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Josh Gad was said to be producing the project.
Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Disney animated version brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmerelda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loves and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.
Voice cast includes 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.
The 1996 animated version is available to stream now on Disney+.