NBC Developing ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ & ‘Tommyknockers’ Miniseries

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rosemarys baby mia farrow NBC Developing Rosemarys Baby & Tommyknockers Miniseries

After finding critical success and birthing a new breed of superfan with Hannibal, NBC is looking to once again capitalize on the adaptation of familiar properties, by beginning development on both a new Rosemarry’s Baby miniseries and a Tommyknockers miniseries.

In addition to these projects, the network also announced their intentions to shine a dramatized light on the story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock for an event series that will be produced by Mark Burnett and written by former Law and Order: Criminal Intent showrunner, Walon Green.

Initially adapted in 1968 by Roman Polanski (who received an Oscar nomination for adapting Ira Levin’s eponymous 1967 novel) NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby has huge footsteps to fill as it tries to live up to what many consider to be a classic. Perhaps that’s why they are changing things up a little, moving the story about devil worship, paranoia, and a demonic baby to France instead of New York.

Right now, there is no news about any major changes for Stephen King’s Tommyknockers, though King’s celebrated sci-fi novel about a crashed and buried alien ship that infects a Maine town was previously adapted back in 1993 with Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger in the lead roles, meaning there could be room for a few changes to differentiate between the two. We do know, however, that Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) is set to direct, though in a world where people could be moved around like chess pieces, wouldn’t it have been interesting to see him tackle Plymouth instead?

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Though these projects point to a bit more ambition from NBC, it’s worth noting that NBC also exhibited a bit of ambition during pilot season, developing The Sixth Gun (a western comic book adaptation), a modern retelling of The Hatfields and the McCoys, and the network’s own modern-day Alice in Wonderland take. In the end, none of those shows made it to air, with the network choosing smaller-concept (though, not necessarily bad) options.

Obviously, event series and full series orders are a bit different, but the question is: does this mean that NBC is only willing to roll the dice on bigger concepts when the stakes are somewhat lower and when that project type is better served by spectacle, familiar ideas, and the pull of a historical drama? If that’s the case, some could say that that is a slight disappointment, though it’s surely better than nothing.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates on Stephen King’s Tommyknockers, Rosemary’s Baby, and Plymouth.

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  1. I’m down for a Tommyknockers re-whatever, I thought the original kind of sucked.

    • +1

      the first Tommyknockers film was not particularly good.

      generally, Stephen King books are difficult to translate to the screen. what makes a Stephen King book a Stephen king book, is an intangible quality that relies on the poetry and “music” of his written word. And what makes them so frightening is the same thing. It’s not necessarily the image that is frightening, but the sensations and the emotions described. As I said, this isn’t the type of thing that translates easily to the big screen.

  2. I wanna see Rosemary’s Knockers.

    • Heh.

    • If you’re talking the original Mia Farrow when she was younger……Pretty flat.

      As for Tommyknockers…I read that years ago, but don’t remember much about it. I’ve wondered though…Do you think the state of Maine ever ask King to consider placing his stories with all these grizzly events in some other states once in a while? One might think that Maine is not someplace you’d want to stick around for very long if you read many of Kings books. On the other had…How about King? I mean if your creative mind is constantly envisioning monsters all around the state you live in…Would you want to stick around?

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