ABC Family, the network primarily known for its teen comedies and tear-jerker dramas, is getting ready to take a darker turn.
'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' was an R-rated thriller released back in 1992. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the film was made for around $11 million, and managed to make over $88 million at the box office. The plot concerned a married couple (played by Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy) about to have their second child. During a routine check-up, Sciorra's character is sexually violated by her obstetrician. She makes her experience public, and the doctor commits suicide as his career goes down in flames. A few months later, the couple is looking for a new nanny. Enter the beautiful, and charming Peyton Flanders (Rebecca DeMornay). The family instantly takes a liking to her, unaware that she is secretly the revenge seeking wife of the dead doctor.
I won't spoil the rest of the plot for those who haven't seen the film (all that I just detailed happens in the first 15 minutes), but I was always surprised it didn't get a sequel. It was no. 1 at the box office for four consecutive weeks, a feat that's rarely accomplished nowadays. Well, while we're still not getting a sequel, ABC Family now wants to bring us a remake.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/producer Daniel Loflin ('Supernatural') is guiding the film-to-TV adaptation of 'HTRTC,' along with production company Radar Pictures. Ted Field, Radar's chairman and CEO, also served as an executive producer on the movie. The premise of the series will essentially be the same as the film, although it is currently unknown how similar or different the actual character names and personalities will be.
'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle' joins the upcoming Jamie Lee Curtis starring 'The Final Girls' and the freshman murder mystery series 'Twisted' in the growing line-up of harder edged ABC Family dramas. Will 'Cradle's story capture audience's attention once again? Or should it stay in the '90s?