Saturday, January 25, 2014

NBC To Produce a 'Rosemary's Baby' Remake as a Mini Series

Rosemary's Baby Poster - H 2013

NBC announces its remake of the movie Rosemary's Baby as a miniseries, to take place not in New York as per the original 1968 movie by Roman Polanski, but rather in Paris, France.

The mini hails from Lionsgate TV, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern on board to executive produce. Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story) will write the screenplay, while Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), will direct. Casting will begin immediately.

"Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be," said Quinn Taylor, executive vp movies, miniseries and international co-productions at NBC. “We’re looking forward to adapting his incredible work and bringing those indelible characters to a new generation of viewers.”
The project was one of four miniseries NBC put into development in July, along with its recently scrapped Hillary Clinton scripted entry, and arrived after the network hired Taylor to be its new longform point person. The new take on Rosemary's Baby is the network's latest mini and arrives as event series continues to gain popularity as both broadcast and cable networks look to lure both cache and eyeballs in an increasingly competitive DVR era. 

"As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us," said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. "The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel. This is a compelling tale wonderfully told.”

Rosemary’s Baby is an extraordinary project and we’re excited to be in the longform business with NBC,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.  

Movies as Rosemary's Baby and the Omen take the Jesuitical "futurist" rather then the "historicist" standpoint; that is, that the anti-Christ being the 'comes out of nowhere' dark haired half Jewish male, rather than the Roman Catholic Church- despite its centuries of the inquisitions/counter reformation.

Thus, one can expect yet another work stressing that false doctrine.

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    IMO not a stellar idea. This is one of those times where if you've read the book or seen the original the suspense is considerably weakened.
  • Here's an idea. If they want to bring the older movie to a new audience, promote it well and air it in NBC.
    One more crappy remake... Why?!!!
    To be fair 20 years ago, I wouldn't have assumed it would be horrible, but today I do, mostly because the executives will wring every once of creativity out of it... :(
    What TV desperately needs today is stuff that's new and fresh (at least a little) done by talented people, not the usual bad producers, writers and directors (and I don't put James Wong in those as he's very talented).
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    FLOP written all over it!
    I suggest to stop paying ridicolous amounts of money to tv executives
    and now I know why I never made it in the tv industry.
      You put your finger on it. The current breed of TV executives is killing good television. The real problem is the higher ups who probably clapped on their backs for that "great idea" and rewarded them with a big Xmas bonus for a "job well done) even as NBC actually managed to lose a time slot to CW recently...

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