The famous Chinese director is being courted by Warner Bros. to head up this project, which has been in the making for two years now, Variety reports.
Winner of a Golden Bear and a Golden Lion, two of Europe's most prestigious film awards, Zhang Yimou is in the running to direct "Quasimodo." Known for his visual mastery, seen in "Hero" as well as in the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the Chinese filmmaker is in line to take the reins from Tim Burton, who has been associated with the project since 2011.
"Quasimodo" will be based on a screenplay by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, authors of "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows". A question mark remains over the title role, although Josh Brolin's name has been mentioned.
The renewed energy behind "Quasimodo" points to Hollywood's increased interest in adapting a Victor Hugo novel following the success of Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables." The original novel, "Notre-Dame de Paris," usually translated in English as "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," was published in 1831. The novel recounts the story of a hunchbacked bell ringer at the famous Parisian church who falls in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. - AFP/Relaxnews, 2 August, 2013.