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Tim Burton may do “Hunchback,” but not with Johnny Depp

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The big story of the morning isn’t the fact that Tim Burton is considering a version of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for the big screen. Quasimodo’s tragic story is right in Burton’s wheelhouse, and he’d no doubt bring gallows humor and heartfelt pathos to the project.

No, the real hook is who he’s reportedly doing “Hunchback” with … or, rather, who he isn’t doing it with.

THR reports that Burton may team with actor Josh Brolin for this film, and not longtime collaborator Johnny Depp. The “Sweeny Todd” director will work with “Sherlock Holmes 2” screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney to adapt Hugo’s 1831 novel about the deformed bell-ringer who falls for beautiful gypsy Esmerelda.

THR notes that Brolin is spearheading the project, and would produce as well as star. As for Burton, his “commitment is dependent on the outcome of the script,” as he’s also circling “Dark Shadows” for Warner Bros.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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