The Phantom Of The Opera to be Adapted into a TV Series

The classic French tale of The Phantom Of The Opera is getting a re-imagining as a TV series project written by Tony Krantz, directed by endemol big logoFrench director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), and produced by Endemol Studios, the Los Angeles-based studio operation of Endemol North America.

Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, which inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musical, the TV series will keep the Paris setting of the book but shift the time period from the 19th century to the early 20th century.

Described as a drama brimming with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international jet set at the dawn of the Jazz Age, the Phantom Of The Opera series is set in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference. The story centers on a British World War I fighter pilot with burns covering half of his body. He finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders. The “Opera” in this re-imagining is an opera house that is home to the hottest nightclub in Paris whose American headliner finds herself in the cross hairs of the serial killer.

Krantz originally developed his Phantom Of The Opera idea at Alcon Television, which last year commissioned the director-producer to write it as a pilot after reading his feature script (and first thing he’d ever written) Saboteurs — also set in Paris but during World World II. For over a year, Krantz has been working on the project with Callender following their collaboration on the NBC drama series Dracula, which they both executive produced.

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