Marc Cherry Developing ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Drama for ABC

Project will have musical elements along the lines of the network’s series, “Nashville”

Marc Cherry is getting into more drama with ABC — this time with a musical twist.

The “Desperate Housewives” creator is developing a modern-day retelling of “Phantom of the Opera” for the network.

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The new take on the classic Gaston Leroux novel will be set in contemporary times amid the sexy and cut-throat world of the music business. The project is described as having musical elements, along the lines of ABC’s “Nashville.”

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The project, which comes from ABC Studios and Cherry’s Cherry/Wind Productions, will be written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (who wrote the Broadway musical “First Date”), with Cherry and Cherry/Wind’s Samantha Wind executive producing.

Cherry and Wind are also developing “Cheerleader Death Squad” at The CW and CBS Television Studios.

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Paradigm represents Cherry, Wind, Zachary and Weiner. Cherry is represented by attorneys Jon Moonves and Jean Tanaka from Del Shaw Moonves, while Wind’s attorney is Michael Gendler and Zachary and Weiner are represented by attorney Michael Schenkman.