That Frederick Forsyth novel bringing the Phantom of the Opera's story up to date, which agent Ed Victor has been shopping around for a good while, has finally landed in an unlikely spot. Michael Viner of New Millennium Entertainment in Beverly Hills paid what he calls mid-seven figures for it, and will publish next spring. It will be called The Phantom in Manhattan and will take the Phantom, star of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, to New York a few years later. (A musical sequel is also in the works.) Viner, describing the book as "a masterpiece," said of his buy: "It speaks volumes about what we want to do in publishing," though he conceded fiction wouldn't be key.
Volume 244 Issue 44 11/02/1998