Rosemary's Baby: The Mini-Series
Ron Seifried | On 24, Mar 2014
The first non-peek of NBC’s upcoming mini-series/remake of Rosemary’s Baby has been uploaded. Based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel, but best remembered as the 1968 Roman Polanski film, this adaptation stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary Woodhouse, the young wife unknowingly carrying a demonic baby in an apartment building filled with satanic worshipers. I’ll keep the spine-tingling spoilers out of the post.
Perfect for NBC’s summer schedule, this four-hour mini-series is the latest attempt for a network to reboot movies for the small screen.
Going so far as almost matching Mia Farrow’s pixie hairstyle in the original film, this is a new direction Saldana is taking with her career: the small screen. No stranger to franchises, with “Avatar” “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” on her resume, this may be the most interesting reboot for 2014, but I am hesitant to give a full endorsement because it will be airing on NBC.
With the exception of changing the scenery from New York City’s iconic Dakota Building to Paris, France, the mini-series also stars Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs and will be directed by another Polish filmmaker, Oscar-nominated Agnieszka Holland.
The 1968 film is currently streaming on Netflix, but not the forgotten 1976 made-for-TV sequel “Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby.” The original movie stayed pretty faithful to the novel, and co-starred Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Levin was a prolific writer, including the Broadway play “Deathtrap” and novels “The Boys from Brazil,” “The Stepford Wives”, “Sliver” and “A Kiss Before Dying” all of which were made into films. He even wrote a sequel, “Son of Rosemary” in 1997
But Levin was somewhat conflicted with possibly his best known creation.
“I feel guilty that ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ led to ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘The Omen.’ A whole generation has been exposed, has more belief in Satan. I don’t believe in Satan. And I feel that the strong fundamentalism we have would not be as strong if there hadn’t been so many of these books. Of course, I didn’t send back any of the royalty checks.”