Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has been tasked with the job of adapting popular gothic novel Phantom of the Opera for a contemporary new TV drama.
The screenwriter and producer is teaming up with executives at ABC network for a modern take on the Gaston Leroux story, which famously inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical.
The new hour-long small screen version of Phantom of the Opera will reportedly feature musical elements similar to that of TV drama series Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also according to the site, the new adaptation “is described as a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel and set in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business.”
Phantom of the Opera was previously turned into a two-part TV miniseries in 1990, with Charles Dance in the title role, while a film adaptation of Lloyd Webber’s musical was released in 2004, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.
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