FremantleMedia International and Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé are putting a new spin on Victor Hugo’s classic The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Under a co-development partnership, Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) will write a retelling of the story to be titled Ugly. The planned TV series will trace the titular character’s journey and aims to show what it means to be human regardless of outward appearances. The period project will be set against the political, economic and social explosion of early 17th Century France. A further move by Fremantle into scripted drama, Ugly will be discussed with broadcasters at the upcoming Mip-TV market in Cannes. Earlier this year, FremantleMedia North America acquired rights to the Neil Gaiman urban fantasy novel American Gods for a potential series, and last year the parent company acquired a majority stake in Danish scripted producer Miso Film. Joffé is also lined up to direct A+E Studios and ITV Studios America’s eight-hour mini Texas Rising (working title) which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Joffé is repped by Resolution.
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