Idris Elba To Direct, Star In The Hunchback Of Notre Dame For Netflix

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Let’s be real for a moment, shall we?

Idris Elba is a gorgeous, kind, charismatic godsend of a man. We, as a people, do not deserve him. While the actor has been making us swoon onscreen for years, he has begun to branch off to behind the camera as well.

It looks like Netflix wants in in a big way.

Recently, it was announced that Elba will star and executive produce the comedy Turn Up Charliewhich the streaming giant ordered straight-to-series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix wants Elba to tackle one of the classics of literature. Elba will direct and star in a film adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s also a musical, presumably not using the soundtrack for the Disney film.

What we can expect from the adaptation is a modern retelling of the classic 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, which is billed as a “sonic and musical experience”. The story follows the doomed romance of the hunchback, Quasimodo, with the traveling Romani woman Esmeralda.

Michael Mitnick, who wrote The Current War and The Giver, will pen the script. Elba will produce under his Green Door shingle with Ana Garanito. Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will produce for Automatik.

Currently, there is no release date for the film.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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