TV Productions Planning Two Versions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
TV Productions Planning Two Versions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
Paweł Podgórski as Phantom in the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” in Roma Musical Theatre in Warsaw, 05.05.2009.

Without a doubt, the staying power of “The Phantom of the Opera” continues to draw interest years after the play debuted on stage. Reports have it that the fascinating story, based on a novel by French author Gaston Leroux, is being prepped for a TV adaptation with not just one production, but two. Read on for the details.

The first version of "The Phantom of the Opera" adaptation is a contemporary take on the story, which will be done on ABC. According to TV Line, the creator of “Desperate Housewives,” Marc Cherry, is planning on bringing the series to the small screen with a few adjustments. The report also said that show will not be a musical adaptation, but it will be a drama series with musical elements similar to ABC’s “Nashville.”

Tasked to work on this adaptation is Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner who will both be penning the script, while Cherry and Sabrina Wind will both serve as executive producers.

Meanwhile, Deadline reported that the second production of “The Phantom of the Opera” will come from Tony Krantz, with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of the critically lauded French film “Amelie,” coming aboard. This version will also have some changes, as the setting will take place in a nightclub in the 1920s, a time when a serial killer is on the loose.

Deadline also said that Krantz has been working on the adaptation for over a year, before securing a deal with Endemol Studios. It’s not yet clear where the series will be airing, but it is certain that this second adaptation will also not be a musical.

The original story of “The Phantom of the Opera” follows Christine Daaé, a musical ingénue, who is the object of obsession by a phantom who lives in The Paris Opera. The novel, released in 1909,  went on to have other adaptations in film, radio, stage and television. In fact, it has become one of the most successful, award-winning productions on stage under Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Should the television adaptations become concrete, it is expected that production for the TV shows will be done in time for a 2015 TV season debut.

We’ll be keeping track of the developments of these series here on Movie News Guide (MNG) so keep checking our site for more news about “The Phantom of the Opera” TV dramas.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P