I've been hearing a lot about ABC Phantom on tumblr, and so far what I've gathered is:
1. It's going to be based on the novel, and it won't be a musical (though there will be music).
2. It hasn't been greenlighted yet, they are currently writing the pilot.
3. It's set in the "sexy cutthroat world of the modern-day music business."
Here's hoping that they don't sex it up too much and/or ruin sweet precious socially awkward hamster baby Raoul (though they prob will...)
Also, Aaron Taylor Johnson for Raoul.
Yeah, I'm hoping it's not sexed up too much, and they don't wreck the characters by turning Raoul into a jerk or Erik into simply a poor, sweet, misunderstood guy who gets unfairly blamed for things other people did.
And yeah, Aaron Taylor Johnson would be a great Raoul. I'd prefer it if he played the role in a Leroux-faithful version set in the late 19th century (thinking his look in the 2012 Anna Karenina
would be just about perfect), but I'd be cool with them casting him in this version. As long as, y'know, it's done well and doesn't ruin his character.
Funny thing is, I always wanted to see a young Cary Elwes as Raoul, but that's not likely to happen now. I still demand to see Ewan McGregor as Philippe, though.
Majestic_Picnob wrote:On a completely different note, anyone else not like it when fan-works and even some adaptations claim Carlotta can't sing? I mean, maybe she's not as good as Christine, but she's still a lead soprano of a world-class opera company, so she's bound to be pretty skilled, I'd imagine. I know there are a couple movie versions where she's dating one of the managers, implying she "slept her way to the top," but I find that kind of uncomfortable and slut-shame-y, to tell you the truth...
I agree. It bugged me that the 2004 movie kept heavily implying that Carlotta was a terrible singer, even going so far as to show stagehands plugging their ears with cotton whenever she started singing, when she (or at least Margaret Preece, who dubbed her voice) was one of the few in the main cast who could really handle the score vocally. I'm not a fan of productions that constantly seem to cast pop singer Christines, especially if (as was the case with Emmy Rossum) they lack the necessary range for the role.
There've been some interpretations that seem to portray Carlotta as a singer who *was* amazing, but is now past her prime and pretty much skating by just on her fame from before. But, as with most things in this story, I tend to prefer Leroux's depiction -- that she was technically excellent but had no soul to her singing. There've been a few stage casts that were able to portray that quite well. And also some where Carlotta really was amazing and I wanted to hear her sing more of the score.