Move over ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,’ because Disney and ABC are currently developing a new TV project based on another Disney animated flick, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ Deadline reported yesterday.
The small screen creation will be a limited/event series, which will not focus on the story’s main character, Quasimodo, but will re-imagine the gothic story through the eyes of the beautiful Gypsy Esmeralda.
Currently, the series is titled ‘Esmeralda’ and will be produced by Evan Daugherty, who is known for co-writing ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ in addition to the upcoming film ‘Divergent,’ which is based on the hit book series written by author Veronica Roth. Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks will executive produce the series with Daugherty.
Judging from the success of ABC’s other hit series based on Disney classics and tales, it will be interesting to see how this particular series plays out. I think creating a project based around Esmeralda, who isn’t one of the most popular Disney female characters, will bring a new and interesting perspective to the traditional story. In the film, Esmeralda is a struggling Gypsy who doesn’t let her troubles get her down or stop her from speaking her mind and standing up for what she believes in. I can see Esmeralda becoming the next strong female TV character.
Based on Victor Hugo’s novel ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ Disney’s animated version was released in 1996, and starred the voices of Jason Alexander, Kevin Kline, Mary Wickes, and Demi Moore, as Esmeralda.
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