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NBC Orders 'Rosemary's Baby' Miniseries from Lionsgate

 

Rosemary's Baby

 

Is originality dead? That question remains up for debate, but what isn't questionable is just how many classic (and not so classic) films are gearing up to make the long, strange trip to television. The adaptation announcements have been coming so fast and furious lately that it would take the next several lines just to list them all.

Latest to board the remake train is a certified classic of the horror genre, 'Rosemary's Baby.' Based on the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, 'Rosemary's Baby' was famously adapted as a 1968 film by controversial director Roman Polanski. Played in the movie by Mia Farrow, title character Rosemary Woodhouse begins the story as a young housewife to her struggling actor husband Guy. After the couple moves into a mysterious New York City apartment building called the Bramford, Rosemary suffers a traumatic episode, then soon becomes pregnant. Unfortunately, Guy may not be the father...

The miniseries will be produced by Lionsgate TV, with Scott Abbott ('Queen of the Damned,' 'Introducing Dororthy Dandridge') and James Wong ('American Horror Story,' 'The X-Files') set to pen the script. Oscar and Emmy nominated director Agnieszka Holland will helm the project.

Personally, I think this is a terrible idea, if only because Polanski's film is nearly flawless. The only real knock against it is that it's a bit overly long. Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' creates and sustains a sense of unease and dread better than almost any horror film before or after it. Has NBC learned nothing from their disastrous 2002 TV remake of 'Carrie'?

What do you guys and gals think? Is a TV version of 'Rosemary's Baby' a worthwhile endeavor?


Details
Network:
- NBC
Show:
- Rosemary's Baby

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Dec 10th, 2013, 5:03 am

Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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