Microgaming has signed a licensing agreement with production company The Really Useful Group to develop an online slot based on the 2004 movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Due to be released by Microgaming in Q3 of this year, the slot game will feature the main characters, musical numbers and original footage from the successful film adaptation of the 1986 musical, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Minnie Driver.

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labrynth beneath the Palais Garnier.

"The Phantom of the Opera has had unequivocal success, played to over 140 million people worldwide," said David Reynolds, games publisher at Microgaming. "It's exciting to be working with a musical, a new genre of branded content for Microgaming, extending and broadening our portfolio of games.

"Due out in Q3, this game will be a true celebration of the world’s biggest opera, balancing a healthy mix of base game features with a feature-packed free spins round"

Featuring the iconic numbers 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'The Music of the Night' and 'All I Ask of You', the movie grossed over $154m worldwide.

The stage musical is one of the most successful of all time, and has been played to over 140m people in 35 countries in 166 cities around the world, grossing an estimated $6bn. Now in its 31st year, the show has won 70 major theatre awards.

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