It is an immediate, knee-jerk response for me to be cynical towards new projects announced by Hollywood these days. But despite my admission that too much negativity is unhealthy (for both fans and the industry), it does allow me to be more surprised and excited when something proves me wrong. And I certainly appreciate when filmmakers call us bloggers out on the cynicism, as did screenwriters Will Block and Jake Emanuel, who are working on that new action/comedy version if The Hunchback of Notre Dame I wrote about last week.

In an interview with an old friend at Moviefone's Inside Movies, while recognizing that it's and honor and a hazing ritual to be made fun of by us, they take Cinematical and others to task by defending their script and the idea behind it, partly by reminding us of great recent reboots (The Dark Knight and Star Trek) and great adaptations that initially were despised by die hard fans of the source material (Kubrick's The Shining and A Clockwork Orange).

"You have to accept it as its own entity," Emanuel argued. "Victor Hugo's novel is a classic, but it's 650 pages long. Our film will be two hours, two and a half hours tops. There's a danger that if you try to stay too close to it, you won't be free to be creative and make the best movie you can."
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