Disney Developing Live-Action 'Hunchback' Film With 'Frozen' Star Josh Gad

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Butterfly playwright will write the script with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz penning the music.

Josh Gad, who voiced the lovable snowman Olaf in Disney animated hit Frozen, is producing alongside Mandeville Films and is said to potentially play the lead character, Quasimodo, though studio insiders reportedly say casting is not solid at this time.

Gather 'round folks because Disney has done it again - they're gifting us another live-action musical adaptation and this time, it's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Eight-time Oscar victor Menken is best known for his work on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the original score for the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

He captioned the photo with, 'Sing the bells, bells, bells Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells.,' which are lyrics to the song The Bells of Notre Dame from the 1996 animated film.

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The 1831 novel tells the tale of Quasimodo, the hunchback and bell-ringer of Notre Dame, who is ordered to kidnap Esmeralda by his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo.

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Casting decisions have not yet been made for the live-action remake.

Bigger picture: There is no anticipated release date for the film, but it joins a robust group of live-action films Disney will be producing over the next two years, including "Dumbo" (2019), "The Lion King" (2019), "Aladdin" (2019), and "Mulan" (2020).

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