NBC goes horror with its newly-greenlit project. The network has given a go to "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries, which is adapted from the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. The book was previously turned into a feature film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow in 1968.
"Ira Levin's mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be," says Quinn Taylor, NBC's EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions.
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, adds, "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. 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."
The thriller follows a young married couple who moves into an apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors have ulterior motives in mind when her child is born. Unlike the big-screen version which was set in New York City, the miniseries will be set in Paris.
Oscar and Emmy-nominated director Agnieszka Holland is on board to direct the miniseries, with Scott Abbott ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge") and James Wong ("American Horror Story") tapped to write the script. Casting will begin immediately, while filming is scheduled to kick off in January in Paris. Lionsgate Television will produce the four-hour miniseries, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers.
The "Rosemary's Baby" movie garnered critical acclaims and earned numerous nominations and awards, including an Academy Award for supporting actress Ruth Gordon and a Golden Globe nominee for lead actress Farrow. It also became a commercial success, earning over $33 million in the U.S. on a modest budget of $3.2 million.