Director Marc Cherry is working on a television adaptation of the musical.
ABC is developing a contemporary take on The Phantom Of The Opera shepherded by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. The project is described as a drama with musical elements – it will be set in the modern-day music business – but it is not a rendition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner that has been a legit box-office dynamo worldwide for nearly 30 years.
Cherry and his team are tapping the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted many times by Hollywood, most famously in the 1925 Lon Chaney starrer. Plot involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him.
The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music business and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville. Cherry is executive producing with Sabrina Wind through the duo's Cherry/Wind Prods.
The deal brings Cherry back to ABC for the first time since the the studio passed on his 2012 drama Devious Maids, which landed as a series at Lifetime and was recently renewed for a third season. Cherry is also working on a high-concept pilot for CW, Cheerleader Death Squad, in tandem with fellow showrunner Neal Baer. — Reuters