THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IS A 2004 BRITISH FILM ADAPTATION OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S 1986 MUSICAL OF THE SAME NAME, WHICH IN TURN IS BASED ON THE FRENCH NOVEL LE FANTÔME DE L’OPÉRA BY GASTON LEROUX.
The film was produced and co-written by Lloyd Webber and directed by Joel Schumacher. It stars Gerard Butler in the title role, Emmy Rossum as Christine Daaé, Patrick Wilson as Raoul, Miranda Richardson as Madame Giry, and Minnie Driver as Carlotta Giudicelli.
The film was announced in 1989 but production did not start until 2002 due to Lloyd Webber’s divorce and Schumacher’s busy career. It was shot entirely at Pinewood Studios, with scenery created with miniatures and computer graphics. Rossum, Wilson, and Driver had singing experience, but Butler had none and so had music lessons.