ABC is reuniting with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for a modern-day Phantom of the Opera TV series.
The show is described as a drama with musical elements, but it will not be based on the Broadway sensation by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has been a worldwide hit for over 30 years. Instead, the show will be based on the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux, centering on a ghost who haunts an opera house and comes to the aid of a promising young singer, before jealousy consumes the apparition.
The show will be set in the ruthless world of today's music industry, which is being compared to ABC's Nashville, a drama that also features musical elements. Broadway scribes Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner are writing the script and executive producing alongside Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind.
The original novel was first adapted in the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera, which starred Lon Chaney. The story has been adapted several times on the big screen, including 2004's Andrew Lloyd Webber's the Phantom of the Opera, which was directed by Joel Schumacher.