ABC studios have described the project as a drama with musical elements, which will be set in the modern day music biz. Also, this is not going to be a rendition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber that has been a worldwide hit for nearly 30 years.
Marc Cherry will be using material from the original 1909 novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted many times by Hollywood, with one of the most famous adaptations being the Lon Chaney starrer back in 1925. The Plot involves a ghost who haunts an opera house and helps a budding singer before jealousy takes over and gets the better of him.
The musical element will be in the same vein as ABC’s drama Nashville incorporating modern music and including the cutthroat world of the music business.
Cherry is executive producing with Sabrina Wind through the duo’s Cherry/Wind Productions. Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner – Legit scribes – are writing the teleplay and exec producing. Zachary and Weiner penned the Broadway musical “First Date,” which ran on the Main Stem last year. The pair also wrote the tuner adaptation of the 2003 pic “Secondhand Lions,” for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, which is aiming for the Rialto after opening last year in Seattle.
The deal brings Cherry back to ABC for the first time since ABC passed on his 2012 drama pilot “Devious Maids,” which eventually found a home at Lifetime and was recently renewed for a third season.
Cherry is also working on a high-concept pilot for CW, “Cheerleader Death Squad,” in tandem with fellow showrunner Neal Baer.