Idris Elba’s ‘Hunchback’

Idris Elba, known for a wide range of roles including Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire and as BBC’s Luther, will star in, direct and produce a version of Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

Netflix did not announce a release date.

Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures, along with the LA-based production company Automatik, will produce the picture.

Elba will also produce the music for the new Hunchback. Michael Mitnick is writing the script.

Hunchback Over the Years– and Where You Can Stream It

Elba will follow in a long-line of notable Hunchback screen portrayals.

The original is perhaps the best known.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was first brought to the screen in 1923 by Lon Chaney, Sr., “the man of a thousand faces.”

You can stream it for free from Kanopy if you belong to a participating library.

You can also watch that version in its entirety here:

A 1939 version starring Charles Laughton is available to stream from numerous sources. You can watch it with a subscription to Filmstruck, which offers plans starting at $6.99 a month. You can also rent it starting at $2.99 from Amazon and other providers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCE9N2H_FJ0

The story was revived a third time in 1956, with Anthony Quinn and Gina Lollobrigida. You can rent that version for $2.99 in SD/$3.99 in HD from Amazon.

In 1982, Anthony Hopkins took on the role of Quasimodo, supported by a cast including Derek Jacobi, David Suchet, John Gielgud and Lesley-Anne Down. You can rent it starting at $2.99 from Vudu and other streamers.

Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin played the Hunchback in a 1997 TV movie version that included Richard Harris and Salma Hayek. You can buy it for $9.99 on Amazon.

You can also watch it in its entirety here:

This list is by no means complete. Several other renderings of the story have been produced over the years, including several animated features.

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