Warner Bros to Develop Hunchback of Notre Dame with Tim Burton and Josh Brolin

Tim Burton and Josh Brolin are teaming up to bring The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the big screen.

Director Tim Burton and actor Josh Brolin are teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures for a new film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Warner Bros. is bringing on board writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who wrote the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel for the studio.

Hugo’s novel, tells the story of Quasimodo, a deformed and hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Norte Dame cathedral who tragically falls in love with beautiful gypsy named Esmerelda. The book has long intrigued the film and TV worlds — it was first adapted in 1905 into a film titled Esmeralda — although the last major adaptations were in 1997, the year that saw a high-profile Disney animated movie and an action-heavy pic starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek.

The project, still in the very early stages, would have Brolin starring in and producing. Burton, who is in preproduction on “Dark Shadows” for Warners, is interested, but his commitment is dependent on the outcome of the script.