Director named for upcoming 'Hunchback of Notre Dame’ miniseries

By Chelsea Lewis ,

FremantleMedia International is currently working on a miniseries that will be an eight-part adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Director Roland Joffee will be leading the upcoming project.

The miniseries will be titled Ugly and is based upon the famous novel written by Victor Hugo. The show will tell the story of a young boy who is deformed and will start at his birth and transition into his later years. The show will display how he was abandoned by his family and is taken in by a group of traveling actors.

Joffee is known for his work on The Killing Fields and The Mission, Variety reported.

He explained that he was drawn to the project because of the deep rooted issues in the story. "Stories that concern inner and outer beauty are perennial concerns for people because they ask questions of what it is to be a human being," Joffee said. "Are we judged by our outward appearance or our inner life? Ugly is in many senses a kind of wonderfully archetypal hero because he is everything one is used to pitying, and yet in actual fact he has an extraordinary inner life."

Sarah Doole, director of global drama for FremantleMedia, expressed that the company is pleased to be able to bring this story to life and to be working with Joffee, Coming Soon reported.

"FremantleMedia International are beyond excited about the opportunity to work with the extraordinarily talented Roland Joffe," Doole said. "'Ugly' is truly captivating and exactly the type of project that we have been seeking in our efforts to grow our creation of high end scripted dramas. We are looking forward to discussing the project with the broadcasters at MIPTV."

image: By Franciszek Vetulani (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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