Universal Pictures are moving ahead with several different projects regarding their iconic 'Universal Monsters' characters. Since the collapse of the original 'Dark Universe' and the success of Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man, Universal decided to go an entirely different route to bring their beloved movie monsters back to the big screen.
Universal committed to creating filmmaker-driven projects based on characters from the studio’s vast monsters legacy. Instead of prescribing a mandated updating of these monster stories and making them all part of a larger scheme, the studio loosened these restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers, who were inspired to create their own unique stories. And it looks like the Phantom is the next in line for a make over.
The new film, titled Phantom, was written by John Fusco, with Harvey Mason Jr of Harvey Mason Media, and John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co producing partner Mike Jackson attached. As reported by Deadline, Phantom is said to be a contemporary take on the classic Gaston Leroux novel, which was published in 1910. The film will also be set in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
“This is set it in the sultry nightlife scene of modern day New Orleans, the world of jazz, R&B, neo-Soul, and funk,” Fusco said. “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.”