Phantom of the Opera is Heading to TV, Eli Roth’s South of Hell Begins Shooting

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South of HellMore news springing from the “horror on television” crypt… ABC is apparently at work on a new series inspired by The Phantom of the Opera.

Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry is overseeing the show which is a contemporary take on the Gaston Leroux novel. Says Variety: “The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”

Just this morning we learned Fox was developing a new Frankenstein series for the small screen.

Meanwhile, Eli Roth is shooting South of Hell beginning today. Joining star Mena Suvari, you’ll find Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, Lamman Rucker, Paulina Singer, Lydia Hearst, Slate Holmgren and Lauren Velez.

Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions is executive producing.

Synopsis: Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one whofeeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.