Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantome de L’Opera (The Phantom of the Opera) is the inspiration for a new psychological horror-thriller currently being developed by Muse of Fire Productions, SB Projects, and Compelling Pictures.
Simply called Phantom, the film is reportedly set in London’s contemporary music scene and will retain the novel’s dark love story and depiction of a destructive relationship. But, Deadline notes, it “intends to upend the romanticism associated with previous interpretations, and instead lean into the suspense and horror that was a big part of the book.”
Anthony McCarten, who is writing the screenplay, told Deadline that “the basic idea that lured me in was the chance to brush the cobwebs off a 110-year-old tale, and return it to its roots… It will be a contemporary version of story, incorporate contemporary themes, and a new musical soundtrack drawing on some of the biggest recording talent.”
More as we hear it. In the meantime, keep your hand at the level of your eyes…
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)