According to Hollywood Reporter, the British actor, musician and DJ will direct and produce the film described as a modern retelling of the 19th-century gothic romance novel.
Published in 1831, the story follows Quasimodo, a hunchback who falls wholeheartedly in love with a gipsy, Esmeralda. It was famously turned into a Disney animated film in 1996.
Elba will play Quasimodo. His production company, Green Door will be behind the effort – and he also plans to produce music for the movie, which Netflix describes as a sonic and musical experience.
The script will be written by Michael Mitnick (The Current War) and co-produced by Fred Berger (La La Land), Ana Garanito (Green Door) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special).
In a post on their official Twitter account, Netflix says: “The film is currently untitled but I’m strongly suggesting ‘Hunchback of Notre DAAAAAMN’.”