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– by Stephon White

Idris Elba is a man’s man manly man dripping swaggering bravado from his forehead. So, when I read that Idris Elba was not only interested in the classic tale, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but going to write, produce, and direct a remake, my spider senses started tingling, and why not? For me, Elba is best known as the cunning beat detective from the often-mesmerizing series Luther which airs on the BBC. What’s Elba want with a children’s property like The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

The last time I saw Elba, I fell asleep. I am not proud to say it; The Dark Tower was not a good movie. The Gunslinger and The Man in Black were nowhere on-screen. Each character’s portrayal was vastly better on the pages compromising Stephen King’s sprawling mythological creation. Two of my favorite actors Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba together on the big screen. The forecast said this film was lightning in a bottle. Sadly, it was just a light spring shower.

Netflix is going to debut the film once it gets made. For me, Netflix Originals have been really hit or miss. Sometimes you get the visceral under the radar Beasts of No Nations, that Elba starred in, and which was lensed beautifully by Cary Fukunaga, best known for directing the best season of HBO’s True Detective. But other times we get The Cloverfield Paradox. Based on Elba’s statements we’re still some ways off from actually seeing the final project.

Read Elba’s statement below, and pick up a copy of Empire Magazine’s September issue to read the full interview.

“The film at the moment lives entirely in my brain,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have a classic tale to reinvent. So now it’s about how I execute it. I’m definitely taking on more than I’ve ever taken on in any other project, with the hats that I’m wearing. But, hey, man, that’s why I’m here. I’m an entertainer, right? I liken it to an athlete being asked to do a triathlon: okay, show me what you really got.”

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