A few days ago it was announced that Idris Elba is going to direct, star, and produce, and create the music for an upcoming version of Hunchback. I want to make a joke about him catering the project too but only because The Critic TV show.
This version will be a Netflix original and will be a modern version, so akin to Quasimodo d’el Paris though I doubt it will be a comedy BUT it was the last movie version to be made. However according the vulture and THR articles it will be a “sonic and musical experience,” so a musical.
This will not be Elba’s first foray in directing, producing, or music. He has directed Yardie and the Netflix comedy series Turn up Charlie. He has a music credit on Jay-Z’s American Gangster soundtrack album back in 2007 as well as other credits. He is also a DJ and a musician. Elba is producing the film alongside his producing partner Ana Garanito, Fred Berger (La La Land), and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special).
The project is also being written by Michael Mitnick, who has written screenplay for The Giver, The Current War and The American.
While this is exciting, I would like to see a release date before I get too hyped.
What are your thoughts on this project? A Modern Musical of Hunchback on Netflix? Or are you more hyped to find what what Josh Brolin means by “Jazzy”? Or making sense of the roles in the Max Ryan version?