A new tv adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera is reportedly in development by Gaumont, the French production company behind Netflix shows Narcos and F Is For Family.
Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series) has been tasked by Gaumont to reimagine Gaston Leroux’s iconic novel into a six-part miniseries.
Horowitz will reportedly use Leroux’s 1910 gothic novel as the basis for the show, as opposed to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version.
The classic tale follows a disfigured composer, who lives in the depths of the Paris Opera House, and falls for singer Christine Daae with tragic consequences.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber announced this week the West End production of Phantom would not reopen at her Majesty’s Theatre in London until next year due to urgent repair work required on the sets, costumes and theatre.
In the same week Andrew Lloyd Webber was forced to address rumours about attempts to scale down the cast and orchestra of the production posting on twitter “Please believe me. I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that when Phantom returns it is the brilliant original – ALW”. Ultimately, the power to change the production rests with Cameron Mackintosh and ALW’s tweet gently reminded social media of the fact.
The Tony and Olivier award winning musical is routinely billed as one of the most successful shows in history, having grossed over 6 billion dollars in world-wide receipts. Now in its 34th year, The Phantom of the Opera is the 2nd longest running musical and 3rd longest running production in London’s West End history.