EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang has been set by Disney to write Hunchback, a live-action musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will write the music. Mandeville is producing along with Josh Gad. I had heard that Gad, a star of the Mandeville-produced blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, might play the lead character, but insiders at the studio said no casting is solid at this point.
Hunchback joins other live action Disney adaptations such as The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and the upcoming Aladdin and Lion King movies.
The original Disney film failed to impress audiences when it came out. Not knowing if it wanted to be a dark animated feature or a goofy kids movie. It will be interesting to see how Disney apporaches the live action version of the film.