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Despite being dubbed a drama with musical elements, it is Not using Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical of the same name as the basis. Rather, the producers are going back to Gaston Leroux's original 1909 novel which itself has more often been the basis for TV and film adaptations of the story.
This take on the story involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him. Much like the network's "Nashville," this will also involve the cutthroat world of the music business and will incorporate musical moments into story lines.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
And just when I think I’m out, they pull me back. There is now yet another TV adaption of a famous film/book/musical in the works at ABC. The network has reportedly ordered a pilot script for The Phantom of the Opera from executive producer Marc Cherry, who created the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. The potential Phantom of the Opera series will be a modern reinterpretation of the Gaston Leroux gothic novel of the same name and will reportedly take place “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business.” However, ABC stresses that, if made into a series, Cherry’s Phantom of the Opera would not be a musical but a drama series with musical elements, similar to the network’s current country music drama Nashivlle, where characters perform music but do not spontaneously burst out into song, like they do on Fox’s Glee. »
- Chris King
More news springing from the "horror on television" crypt... ABC is apparently at work on a new series inspired by The Phantom of the Opera.
Desperate Housewives' Marc Cherry is overseeing the show which is a contemporary take on the Gaston Leroux novel. Says Variety: "The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville."
- Ryan Turek
The monsters of old are coming back for fresh frights. Not long after news broke that Fox is moving forward with a Frankenstein TV series pilot, it’s now been revealed that ABC is developing a drama inspired by Gaston Leroux’s classic 1909 novel, The Phantom of the Opera.
Variety reports that ABC’s The Phantom of the Opera drama will be set in the present-day world of the hard knocks music industry. The project will not be a full-on musical, however, with the show’s creators opting to instead feature interspersed musical aspects in a structure similar to ABC’s Nashville.
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is behind the latest Phantom of the Opera interpretation, with Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner executive producing and penning the teleplay. We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments.
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- Derek Anderson
The classic romance/horror story The Phantom of the Opera might be finding its way to television thanks to Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. According to Variety, ABC is developing a "drama with musical elements" and would be set in the modern-day music business. However, the series is not an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, but rather the musical's source material, the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux. For those who don't know, it's about a musician who is scarred by acid, goes into hiding beneath an opera house, and then tries to lure a beautiful singer to his lair. This modern-day update "is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville." It's an intriguing take on the material, and Cherry showed with Desperate Housewives he has the »
- Matt Goldberg
When will it stop? After yesterday’s news about a possible “Frankenstein” TV series heading our way, now comes word that “The Phantom of the Opera” could be getting its own adaptation on the small screen as well. Read on… and… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
ABC alone can make his song take flight, and help Marc Cherry make the music of the night…
Now that we have your attention, Broadway fans, this just in: ABC has ordered a pilot script for the Desperate Housewives mastermind’s modern reimagining of Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel The Phantom of the Opera, one that will be set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business.”
The potential series will not — we repeat not — be a musical, but the one-hour scripted drama will contain musical elements (a la the network’s country-music sudser Nashville), according to ABC reps. »
The ABC Studios project is described as a drama with musical elements — it will be set in the modern-day music biz — but it is not a rendition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner that has been a legit B.O. dynamo worldwide for nearly 30 years.
Cherry and his team are tapping the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted many times by Hollywood, most famously in the 1925 Lon Chaney starrer. Plot involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him.
The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama “Nashville.”
Cherry is exec producing with Sabrina Wind »
- Cynthia Littleton
Horror is a genre that constantly reinvents itself, yet certain tropes have remained in place for decades. The demon-possessed doll in The Conjuring and its prequel Annabelle is part of a pantheon of scary dolls that includes Chucky from Child’s Play (1988), Talky Tina from The Twilight Zone (1963), and Hugo the ventriloquist’s dummy in Dead of Night (1945). The freaky masks worn by killers in The Purge and You’re Next have their origins in classic Universal horror villains like The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Invisible Man (1933). Then there’s a long tradition of scary clowns — that's Pennywise from It pictured above. So why is it that these images are just as frightening now as they were to our great-grandparents?Clearly, there’s some deep psychology at work here. Vulture called up Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and fright-film fan Steven Schlozman — who teaches an undergraduate course on the »
- Gwynne Watkins
National Amusements and Showcase Cinemas create event cinema role in response to growing success.
National Amusements and Showcase Cinemas have appointed James Dobbin as director of event cinema, UK and international.
Starting Nov 4, Dobbin will be responsible for coordinating event cinema across the company’s 1,000 screens in the Us, UK, Brazil and Argentina.
“Event cinema is really starting to break through in to the mainstream so I’m very excited to be joining National Amusements, which has such a progressive attitude to the space and a truly international footprint,” said Dobbin.
National Amusements svp of international film, Mark Walukevich, added: “There is a strong belief throughout the company that this area will continue to grow and it’s important that we invest and innovate for the future.”
Dobbin previously worked as director of sales and marketing for event cinema distributor Omniverse Vision, where he oversaw theatrical distribution of events such as Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Swan Lake Live »
You-Hoo: Wolfe’s Als Drama Tries To Balance Sentiment With Schmaltz
Hilary Swank seems attracted to playing daunted heroines, continually up against considerable odds—the homophobic rednecks of Boys Don’t Cry, the white trash family unit of Million Dollar Baby, Gary Marshall’s ineptness in New Year’s Eve, and recently the misogyny of the Old West in The Homesman. Her latest drama, You’re Not You, finds the actress experiencing the deteriorating effects of Als (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. Though winning two Oscars, Swank isn’t always the herald of great cinema, more often than not making questionable choices for someone of her caliber and talent. Flanked by co-stars like Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel, a director whose last film was Nights in Rodanthe (2008), and co-written by Shana Feste, the director of sugary sap like The Greatest (2009) and Country Strong »
- Nicholas Bell
Just a few weeks after the Disney Company roared that The Lion King had become the highest-grossing entertainment of all time, NBCUniversal today announced that Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, will oversee the company’s live-theater division, Universal Stage Productions. Jimmy Horowitz, Universal Pictures President, will “continue to run” Usp, while expanding its reach into NBCUni properties throughout film, TV and digital.
Chris Herzberger, Universal’s Executive of Live Theatricals, will continue in that position as hands-on with works in progress and a growing roster of developmental projects.
The company is not exactly a carpetbagger on Broadway, with a major stake in the long-running Wicked, a global box office phenomenon. Greenblatt is a producer of the most recent Tony Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and of a “revisal” of Meredith Willson’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center Theatre Company. The company »
- Jeremy Gerard
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
No waiting necessary—The Lion King musical is the king. Disney’s Julie Taymor-directed stage adaptation of the 1994 film has accumulated $6.2 billion worldwide, meaning it now has the “most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history,” the Associated Press reported.
The Lion King, which opened on Broadway in 1997, has 10 productions running around the world at present, and, according to the AP, the figure was only derived from its box-office totals, not its merchandise sales.
- Esther Zuckerman
Just under a year ago, Disney's The Lion King became the first Broadway production to cross the $1 billion mark. Now the globally successful stage musical has become the highest-earning entertainment property in history in any medium, with a worldwide gross of $6.2 billion. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Taymor's unstoppable production, which opened on Broadway in 1997 and has been playing to capacity houses in New York, on tour and in international engagements ever since, has nabbed the top spot from another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. That
- David Rooney
Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer
New York (AP) - Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.
With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned.
The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning "The Phantom of the Opera" late this summer, according to representatives from both shows. "Phantom" producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group congratulated "The Lion King" in a statement, calling their rival show "The Pride of Broadway."
The total makes "The Lion King" more valuable than any single Harry Potter film, the blockbuster "Titanic," or any of the "Star Wars" movies. By way of comparison, the highest-grossing film in history is "Avatar," with nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. »
- The Associated Press
Space buff and soprano Sarah Brightman could soon be singing "All I Ask of You" while orbiting 260 miles above the Earth. The Phantom of the Opera star, 54, will begin training in January for a 10-day visit to the International Space Station in October of next year, reports the Daily Mirror . The price tag for this adventure? A cool $52 million, adds Space.com . Brightman will be the seventh tourist to visit the Iss and the first singer . The journey—arranged by Virginia-based Space Adventures—will launch from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz capsule. But one trip isn't enough: »
- Shelley Hazen
When America first fell in love with Jackie Evancho's voice, she was just an unknown 10-year-old trying to make it on America's Got Talent. Her version of "O Mio Babbino Caro" dazzled the hit show's audience, its judges and host Nick Cannon, who told People at the time, "That's the best performance I have ever seen on this show." Now, the teenager is impressing again. For her latest feat, Evancho, who began singing at age 7 after watching The Phantom of the Opera, is giving a nod to the classic by doing her version of the musical's ode "Think of Me. »
When America first fell in love with Jackie Evancho's voice, she was just an unknown 10-year-old trying to make it on America's Got Talent. Her version of "O Mio Babbino" dazzled the hit show's audience, its judges and host Nick Cannon, who told People at the time, "That's the best performance I have ever seen on this show." Now, the teenager is impressing again. For her latest feat, Evancho, who began singing at age 7 after watching The Phantom of the Opera, is giving a nod to the classic by doing her version of the musical's ode "Think of Me. »
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Do you have any new info on The Blacklist's new season? — Roger
How about some exclusive casting news? Tony-nominated Broadway veteran Norm Lewis — who is currently starring in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera and did a stint last season on Scandal — has been tapped to play J.P. Laskin, a business associate of Red's who doesn't exactly agree with his recent moves in the ongoing war with Berlin. In fact, I hear Laskin may even be tempted to switch sides. Of course, once Red finds out about the betrayal, he'll probably make the choice for him. Perhaps playing a "phantom" will come in handy!
I'm really curious to see how Nick and Jess are doing after their break-up last season on New Girl. What will »
- Adam Bryant
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