Heads up, FX: network TV is getting into the horror game.
NBC announced on Tuesday that it has greenlit a four-hour miniseries taking on the classic horror novel, and later movie, Rosemary's Baby. Casting is said to be beginning immediately and the show is set to start production next month in Paris, where the reboot's story will be set instead of New York City.
“As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. “The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel. This is a compelling tale wonderfully told.”
There does not appear to be a time frame for the 2014 premiere as of yet, but whenever it is, it will represent another effort by NBC to air more special event programming. The network has already committed to staging another live musical for follow up last week's The Sound of Music next year.
Oscar-nominated director Agnieszka Holland will helm the series, while Scott Abbott and James Wong, a writer and co-executive producer for American Horror Story, will write the screenplay.
Rosemary's Baby was written in 1967 by Ira Levin and sold over 4 million copies to become the best-selling horror novel of the decade. The following year, Mia Farrow starred as Rosemary in the movie adaptation, which earned Ruth Gordon a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Roman Polanski a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
For those not familiar with the story, Rosemary's Baby revolves around a young couple that has just moved into a new apartment. After encountering some odd neighbors and occurrences, Rosemary becomes pregnant with what appears to be the Antichrist.