NBC keep on coming with the horror-orientated TV shows, and, while I really disliked their somewhat tedious Dracula, they are planning to follow it up with another series based around a ‘classic’ monster. According to Deadline, NBC has ordered a pilot loosely based on the original premise, concerning an opera house that is home to the hottest nightclub in Paris and the female headliner finding herself crossing paths with a serial killer who lives underneath the club. It is to be written by Tony Krantz [Otis] and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which is certainly an interesting choice and should make for a visually interesting piece. Let’s hope Jeunet is allowed to bring some of his quirky style and visual flair to it.
However, this isn’t the only forthcoming series planning to update Gaston Leroux’s creation and bring it to a TV audience. ABC recently picked up a potential series which will be closer to the classic tale but set in the world of the modern music industry. This is been done, kind of, before with Brian De Palma’s wonderful The Phantom Of The Paradise and, if you count it, KISS Meets The Phantom, but it has great potential.
God knows why we may be getting two TV shows about the Phantom, though it’s probable that one will be shown during the summer while the other will try and make a mark in the autumn or winter near Halloween.