By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
In an effort to continuously work towards making the world forget about Jonah Hex, Josh Brolin is said by Variety to be developing a Hunchback of Notre Dame adaptation for WB. The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his career-making turn in No Country for Old Men, is looking to produce the film as well as star in it.
Working with screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney, whose work will soon be on display with the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel, A Game of Shadows, Brolin is hoping to land Tim Burton as a director. Burton's connection would make plenty of sense, with the veteran director a natural fit for Victor Hugo's seminal work about looking for the beauty within the beast. Less natural is the idea of Brolin as the eponymous hunchback since Brolin has yet to take on a role that would require such a transformation. It may be clear that Brolin has acting chops to spare but it is necessary to point out that the bulk of his roles, or at least the best ones, have had him playing mush-mouthed rogues rather than ultra-sensitive types who just happen to look monstrous.
But if Brolin can pull it off, this might just be a hit for him, since Burton has been on a commercial roll lately, even if the critical acclaim hasn't been as forthcoming.