Endemol sets stage for Phantom

The Phantom of the Opera is being adapted for television at Endemol Studios.

The Los Angeles-based producer has partnered with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and writer Tony Krantz for a “reimagining” of the famous novel, which inspired a musical and several films, as a television drama.

Krantz’s script was developed internally at Endemol with Krantz’s Flame Ventures and Alcon Television. Krantz, Jeunet and Colin Callender of Playground Entertainment are executive producing, with Drew Comins as co-executive producer.

Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, this adaptation portrays The Phantom of the Opera as a drama filled with tortured love affairs, sex, murder and mystery among the international jet set at the dawn of the Jazz Age.

Set in 1919 against a backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference, the story centers on a British World War One fighter pilot with burns covering half of his body. He finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders. The ‘Opera’ in this reimagining is an opera house that is home to the hottest nightclub in Paris, whose American Josephine Baker-esque headliner finds herself in the crosshairs of the serial killer.

Endemol Studios’ credits include Hell on Wheels (AMC), Kingdom (DirecTV), Low Winter Sun (AMC), and Red Widow (ABC).