The renaissance of the classic Universal Monsters continues! Now it’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the original (second only to the Hunchback of Notre Dame) Universal Monster, getting set for a reboot!
Here’s the official skinny: “This is set it in the sultry nightlife scene of modern day New Orleans, the world of jazz, R&B, neo-Soul, and funk…The French Quarter, where New Orleans is not only known as America’s most haunted city, but the music, French Creole culture, the voodoo mystique, masquerade pageantry of Mardi Gras, just lent itself to a natural adaptation of the Paris setting, and a story that has revenge, unrequited love and mystery.”
Ooohh. I’m intrigued but apprehensive. Tread very carefully with this one, friends. It could be something special indeed, if handled properly, handled like a container of nitro glycerin, I mean. Or it could, like that nitro glycerin if dropped, turn into one big mess. Do it as an out-and-out Horror movie, if you’re gonna make it contemporary. And, as the new DRACULA and THE WOLFMAN movies are supposed to be contemporary, and the recent THE INVISIBLE MAN was set in the present, the potential is there for these characters to one day meet and interact—and fight, in the grand old Universal tradition. Please don’t screw this one up, people!