NBC's planned miniseries based on Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers has the benefit of not having too much to live up to, but the network's other upcoming horror miniseries, Rosemary's Baby, doesn't get off quite so lightly. Ira Levin's 1867 novel was originally adapted into a film by Roman Polanski, which went on to get an Oscar nod for its screenplay (a rarity for horror films).
Rosemary's Baby is a supernatural suspense thriller about a young couple who move into an old apartment building, inhabited by strange and eccentric residents. After a disturbing nightmare in which she is raped by the devil, Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy surrounding her unborn child.
Under other circumstances the four-hour miniseries based on Rosemary's Baby might be eyed dismissively by fans of the original film, but NBC has won a lot of favor with its outstanding first season of Hannibal, a show based on the novels by Thomas Harris. Today's announcement from NBC that Star Trek Into Darkness actor Zoe Saldana has been cast in the lead role as Rosemary only makes this miniseries sound all the more worth watching.
The story has been altered slightly, with Rosemary and Guy moving to an apartment in Paris in New York, but if anything this change in location will only add to the protagonist's sense of displacement and isolation. Rosemary's Baby is set to begin filming on location later this month, which means that it could be on our screens in late 2014.
The script for Rosemary's Baby was written by James Wong (American Horror Story) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned), and the miniseries will be directed by Agnieszka Holland (The Wire). No other cast members have yet been announced, but it will be interesting to find out who is playing Rosemary's husband, as well as her interfering neighbours, the Castevets.
With four hours in which to let the story breathe, Rosemary's Baby has the potential to be a worthy modern take on Levin's novel, and Saldana is a solid casting choice for the lead. We look forward to seeing the first trailer.
We'll keep you updated on Rosemary's Baby as the project develops.