In addition to bringing “Dracula” and very soon “The Wolfman” back for a horror revival on NBC, the network is grabbing another classic genre film for a small screen adaptation, but this time it will be a miniseries.
NBC has announced their greenlight of a four-hour miniseries adapting “Rosemary’s Baby,” the 1967 novel by Ira Levin which was turned into a classic 1968 horror film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow.
Polanski’s adaptation went on to get him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, but this version comes from writers Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (“American Horror Story”) and director Agnieszka Holland, nominated for an Oscar for her work on Europa, Europa and an Emmy for her work on the HBO series “Treme.”
A cast still needs to be rounded up for the miniseries, but for those not familiar with the film or book, the story follows a young couple who move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. But the truly strange occurrences begin when the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, inspiring paranoia over the safety of her unborn child as she begins to expect her husband and their neighbors have some sort of mysterious plans for their baby.
It’s not clear how the story will be expanded into a four-hour miniseries, but there’s likely plenty of details in the book that were left out of the film. This is yet another ambitious project showing that American television is finally learning from the limited series and miniseries that have been a staple of international television for decades. “Rosemary’s Baby” will shoot on location in Paris in January, and it’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the iconic screen version of the story.
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