Jeunet To Helm Rival “Phantom” TV Series

Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“City of Lost Children,” “Alien Resurrection”) is teaming with “Mulholland Drive” and “24” producer Tony Krantz on Endemol Studios’ TV series adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel “The Phantom Of The Opera”.

Krantz’ script is set in 1919 and re-imagines the ‘phantom’ as a British World War I fighter pilot who suffered catastrophic burns across most of his body. Jeunet calls it an “imaginative version” and plans to use the time period of “great social change” as a key element of the story.

Endemol’s series is not to be confused with a similar adaptation of Leroux’s novel that the U.S. TV network ABC is developing with “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. That series is set in contemporary times and will deal much more with today’s cutthroat music industry world.

No word yet on which networks may carry Jeunet’s show.

Source: Variety