‘Phantom’ Returns To Horror Roots Of Original Novel

by Thomas Tuna

Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent classic The Phantom of the Opera is a staple for all movie and horror buffs–and now the original story will reach the Silver Screen in a new and exciting way.

The new film–with the working title of Phantom–is described as a “music-filled, big-scale contemporary psychological thriller”, according to Deadline.

The movie will be loosely based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 Le Fantome de l’Opera, with a script by Oscar-nominated Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody). McCarten is also producing the project along with Denis O’Sullivan, Jeff Kalligheri, Scooter Braun and James Shin.

But make no mistake–this movie will not be a film version of the long-running smash Broadway musical. As explained, the songs and music will be performed by characters in the film as part of the storyline. The movie will not be shot in the manner of a traditional musical.

Phantom–said to be in the vein of Misery and Black Swan–will be set in London’s contemporary music scene. The film will feature the familiar dark love story, but will “upend the romanticism associated with previous incarnations and lean into the suspense and horror that was a big part of the book.”

McCarten said the basic idea behind this reimagining was to “brush off the cobwebs of a 110-year-old tale and return it to its roots–suspense and horror. We’ll reinvent the story for a new generation, free from the Gothic period trappings.”

The screenwriter added that the film will return to “the much scarier horror/suspense roots that were in the book. We aim to bring a more psychological lens to the questions of what may–and may not–be real.”

As far as the musical elements are concerned, Braun–who manages such diverse stars as Idina Menzel, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande–said he plans to get “a group of today’s leading songwriters and music producers to create new songs for the film.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on this new Phantom.

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