The age of reboots is in full effect on both the small and big screens. While the debate over whether or not revisiting a particular character or story rages on every time a new project is announced, it appears that Hollywood has no shortage of surprising twists in store for audiences.
At the moment, the hottest trend on television appears to be the rampant introduction of comic book-inspired dramas like The Flash, Gotham and Constantine. However, news has just broke that may make fans of classic monster movies and/or Broadway musicals sit up and take notice.
According to Variety, ABC has a contemporary version of The Phantom of the Opera in the works from executive producer Marc Cherry. The show is said to be set in the modern-day music business and will feature musical moments in the vein of another ABC drama, Nashville. It is not expected, however, to feature any connection to the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which director Joel Schumacher brought to the big screen in 2004. Furthermore, the new Phantom will be more closely based on the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux than any of the subsequent film versions.
While a television series about the mysterious Phantom is a relatively new idea, its contemporary setting may mean that the ABC series will bear some similarities to another modern-set take on a classic tale, The CW’s Beauty and the Beast. In addition, the fact that Cherry – best known as the creator of Desperate Housewives – is leading the project could indicate that the new Phantom of the Opera will depict updated versions of some of the original story’s more soap opera elements. After all, most tellings of the Phantom story do heavily rely on a murder mystery, a tumultuous love triangle, and an angst-ridden title character. So viewers should expect the ABC series to reflect that.
At this point, it’s far too early to say if Cherry will be able to bring a compelling new version of the classic character to the screen. It will largely depend on exactly what tone the show aims for and, of course, how well it achieves it. Until then, what’s your take on a modern-day Phantom of the Opera, Screen Ranters? Do you think this idea has promise, or will you be getting your monster fix at the movies instead?
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the modern-set Phantom of the Opera TV series.