A modern-day Phantom of the Opera is in the works at ABC. The network is teaming with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for Phantom series—but it’s not based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway version.
Phantom is described as a drama series with musical elements with producers looking to the original 1909 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The novel was also the basis for the 1925 film version.
Per usual, the story is about a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy gets the better of him. If greenlit to series, expect the ABC version to incorporate music naturally into the story much the same way as Nashville (so it’s not like, say, Glee, where characters just burst into song).