Because nothing says “fun” like a Roman Polanski horror flick from the 1970’s, NBC has decided that their best way of turning their sinking ship of a network around is to transform Rosemary’s Baby into a shiny new limited series for primetime. Except this time around, the young couple and their demon spawn eschew Manhattan for Paris, “where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds.” Apparently, Satanism is en vogue in that part of the world this time of year.
The network is mum on details at this point, but offers up that it’s a modern retelling of the Ira Levin novel. Isn’t that a bit heavy for network TV? Call me old fashioned, but sandwiching in devil rape between whatever those crazy kids are doing on Camp this week and a rerun of Parks and Rec might not be the best move for NBC. Fun fact: I wrote one of my very first film reviews for this movie. It was one sentence: “My uterus is very, very sad.”
The Rosemary’s Baby reboot is just one of many limited series that NBC has decided to greeenlight for the upcoming season; the network has also decided to revisit Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, that one about the UFO buried under the town. No, really. Expect to also see Plymouth, a series about the pilgrims’ journey, the next season of The Bible, and a miniseries about Hillary Clinton (a few of which our own Kate Erbland is very excited to see). Sounds like someone feels threatened by a super-successful miniseries on CBS that rhymes with Shumunder the Shmome?
NBC has not started casting Rosemary’s Baby yet, so start daydreaming about your perfect modern Mia Farrow. Think they’ll keep the iconic haircut? [EW]