As far as I know, there is no completely faithful film adaptation of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Therefore it's not surprising to learn, via Variety, of yet another big screen version in the works that will play loose with the plot. However, even without knowing many details of this new project, which is being set up at Paramount under producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers), I'm having difficulty with the thing being called an "action/comedy."

Sure, there have been a lot of liberties taken with the classic novel, and Disney's animated version has those comic-relief gargoyles, but this is already sounding like it could be the most detached so far. And it's a good bet the humor will be tasteless enough that the cartoon Esmeralda's stripper-pole dance will seem perfectly appropriate by comparison.
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