John Legend to Produce Modern, Movie Musical Reimagining of “Phantom of the Opera” Alongside Harvey Mason Jr. and Mike Jackson

From left: Harvey Mason Jr., John Legend, Mike Jackson, John Fusco (ARTURO HOLMES/GETTY IMAGES; MATT WINKELMEYER/WIREIMAGE; BRUCE GLIKAS/GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY OF JAY KENNEDY)

The Phantom of the Opera is back inside Universal’s heart.

The studio is tackling a reimagining of its famous cinematic horror story with a modern musical update, picking up a spec titled Phantom by John Fusco.

Emmy- and Grammy-nominated producer Harvey Mason Jr. and singer-songwriter slash EGOT recipient John Legend will produce alongside Mike Jackson, Legend’s partner at production banner Get Lifted Film Co. The company’s Ty Stiklorius will executive produce.

Phantom of the Opera, written in 1909 and 1910 by Gaston Leroux, told the tale of a masked murderer who stalks a Paris opera house and tragically falls in love with a gifted understudy whom he tries to bend to his will and make a star, killing those who get in his way.

While many a modern audience will know the story via the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, it was also one of the first hit movies for Universal, which adapted it in 1925 as a silent horror film starring Lon Chaney.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Borys Kit