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January 17, 2019

Disney is making a live-action musical adaptation of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

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Zendaya, seen here speaking during the 2018 Academy Awards, will star in Disney's live-action remake of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.' Among the other stars set to be in 'Hunchback' are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Mendelsohn, Ben Platt, Charlie Hunnam and Kenneth Branagh.

In its latest move in a seemingly never-ending quest to remake every one of its classics, Disney announced this week it would adapt Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" into a live-action musical. 

Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly," "Tarzan," "Chinglish") will pen the movie's script and Disney wonderboy Alan Menken and Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz will write the music. Josh Gad ("Beauty and the Beast") will join Mandeville to produce. 

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According to Deadline, the film will pull from Disney's animated film and Hugo's original writing, and Zendaya, Charlie Hunnam, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the stars in the cast.

The remake is actually poised to be in competition with Netflix ... again

Netflix is producing its own adaptation with Idris Elba slated to star as hunchback Quasimodo. He'll also direct, produce, and create music for the retelling, according to Variety. 

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