With the way popular adaptations of musical comedies have had over the years and Hollywood loves itself a little modern reboots who are also new stories, we were forced to have a new look at The Phantom of the Opera. It’s been long enough since the 2004 film starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum that it almost feels overdue.
It is therefore not surprising that there is a current interpretation of the novel by Gaston Leroux of 1909 and 1910 in the works, simply titled Phantom. While it’s still a musical like Andrew Lloyd Weber’s 1986 hit, it will be its own stand-alone thing. This new release will be courtesy of producers Harvey Mason Jr. and singer-songwriter John Legend. Rather than taking place in Paris, the new Phantom will be in New Orleans, which makes sense since the French Quarter and all that. It comes from a specification script by screenwriter John Fusco, who previously created the ephemeral Netflix series Marco polo.
“I wanted to explore for a long time The Phantom of the Opera in a contemporary and new way and in a French Quarter setting, ”said Fusco. Due to the strong Creole and voodoo cultures of the city, as well as the theatricality of Mardi Gras, it seemed logical to him to set up an adaptation of Phantom the. It probably doesn’t hurt that Fusco has also been an accomplished blues musician since the late 1970s, having previously collaborated with artists like Steve Vai, Ry Cooder and blues harp legend Sonny Terry.
Who knows if Phantom will actually be good – movie musicals these days vary wildly in quality, ranging from In the heights and Encanto at The set and … no matter what happened with Dear Evan Hansen– but at the very least, it will be interesting with the new setting and the new period. Considering what else Universal Planning for their various horror characters, sometimes that’s enough of a gadget to make a movie work.
Correction 11/12/2021 at 3:23 p.m. EST: This piece has been updated to make it clear that the upcoming film is not a modern adaptation of the Broadway musical, but a separate standalone version.
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