Universal Pictures is spinning up a new version of Phantom Of The Opera. Hidalgo writer John Fusco has written a script, currently titled Phantom.
The is a new adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Phantom of the Opera but will be set in contemporary New Orleans, among the jazz clubs and nightlife of the French Quarter. A soul singer will meet a mysterious man while a series of dangerous incidents occur in a famed, but failing club. Deadline revealed the news.
John Legend, Harvey Mason Jr, and Mike Jackson producing. The novel is in the public domain. It was first published as a serial in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909 to 8 January 1910, and was released in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte.
The novel is said to be partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century. It was famously adapted as a 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical.
Phantom Of The Opera is currently the longest-running show in Broadway history, and celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance on 11 February 2012. It is the second longest-running West End musical, after Les Misérables, and the third longest-running West End show overall, after The Mousetrap.
A film adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher was released in 2004. Hugh Jackman was originally cast for the role of Phantom, but he faced scheduling conflicts with Van Helsing.