The network on Tuesday ordered the four-hour miniseries based on author Ira Levin's classic 1967 horror novel of the same name. Production will begin in January in Paris.
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.”
Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris (not the Dakota in NYC) apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born. The book was later adapted into the Roman Polanski-directed 1968 feature film. The movie earned supporting actress Ruth Gordon an Oscar and Polanski a writing nom.
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 long-form 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.
Roman Polanksi's version of Ira Levin's novel was filmed as a four hour film, but was reduced to only two hours.
So, who would you cast as Rosemary, Guy and Minnie Castevet?