The Bootleg Universe Pitch Show created by Adi Shankar – producer of such films as Dredd and Lone Survivor as well as viral hit short films like The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Power/Rangers – has now featured multiple episodes where established writers and/or directors have pitched their own ideas for how to reboot/revitalize Hollywood franchises. Some of the pitches, like Stephen Scaia’s plan for a Beverly Hills Cop IV that takes the series back to its R-Rated roots, are more conventional and/or less polarizing than others – like Michael Perry’s proposed found-footage Jaws remake – as you may expect.
Previously, Anthony Scott Burns appeared on the Bootleg Universe Pitch Show to talk about his re-envisioning of Rosemary’s Baby as a teen pregnancy movie. However, the most recent installment of the online series features a very different pitch for a re-imagining of that same classic horror story: a sci-fi/alien invasion thriller, as envisioned by director John Luessenhop (Takers, Texas Chainsaw 3D). You can watch said clip, above.
Luessenhop, in said episode of the Bootleg Universe Pitch Show, describes his idea for a Rosemary’s Baby remake as an “atmospheric” film that will be set in the desert – Arizona, to be specific. The movie is described as following a relatively young couple, who had previously lived in New York, as they settle down in a 1950s-esque Arizona small town, looking to start fresh.
Of course, soon thereafter, the wife Sophie begins to realize that something is “off” about their new home, between the bizarre events that keeping happening around them, the weird behavior of the locals – and most of all, Sophie’s recurring visions of luminous, seemingly extraterrestrial beings. As Lussenhop puts it:
“I’ve described a movie that could be seen as a simple genre picture… I want to do something that’s elevated, I want to do movie stars, just like they did with [Roman Polanski’s] Rosemary’s Baby, or The Omen, or The Shining… The elevated resources would make it a much better picture.”
NBC’s 2014 Rosemary’s Baby mini-series featured such names as Zoe Saldana and Jason Isaacs amongst its cast, though the movie stars Luessenhop has in mind for a sci-fi remake includes Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as Sophie, opposite someone like Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) or James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as the male lead. The goal, as Luessenhop describes it, is to follow what Roman Polanski did with the Rosemary’s Baby story and transform it from being a pop horror novel into being “something greater.”
Of course, many would point to the 1999 sci-fi/thriller The Astronaut’s Wife as a loose Rosemary’s Baby remake – and even the CBS series Extant shares a handful of key elements with Luessenhop’s own film pitch (alien pregnancy, a larger conspiracy at work). Luessenhop’s vision seems closer to an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style thriller by comparison, but there’s enough in the way of overlap that it would be difficult for such a sci-fi take on Rosemary’s Baby to avoid coming off as derivative.
In short – as far as reboot pitches go, this one doesn’t necessarily bring a whole lot that would be that new to the table. All the same, let us know: do you like this pitch for a Rosemary’s Baby sci-fi remake?
Source: The Bootleg Universe Pitch Show
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