It looks like NBC is jumping in on the horror bandwagon once more making a comeback on television with not one but two shows! With the success of series such as ‘The Walking Dead‘, ‘American Horror Story‘, ‘and ‘Hannibal‘, it’s no surprise that more networks are going to give horror a chance. Between you and me? That’s a great thing! As long as it isn’t toned down to attempt to be family friendly (it’s horror for crying out loud) the more quality we can get the better!
The reasoning behind these both being made? NBC’s Entertainment chairmen Bob Greenblatt gives full credit to CBS’s success with ‘Under the Dome‘ and it’s rank as the number 1 scripted series at the moment. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that they had also just hired Quinn Taylor from ABC who has previously worked on overseeing other miniseries based on Stephen King‘s stories.
At four hours long I think ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is at a better length to properly tell the story. While I’m excited about the thought of this miniseries, I have one major concern. Currently tapped to write the project is Scott Abbott who was responsible for ‘Queen of the Damned’ and any fan of Anne Rice will be happy to tell you how unhappy they were with that movie.
It’ll be an interesting transition to move the film from New York to Paris. I’m curious if they’ll change the idea that the husband was an actor. While I’m weary, I am also slightly excited to see a new take on the film. We’ll see how it plays out once we have an actual trailer as it could easily have been the director at fault for the film and not the writer.
Currently it looks as if Lionsgate will produce and Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin will executive produce.
Second up is one I’m a bit more excited. They are also putting together a miniseries on Stephen King’s 1987 novel, ‘Tommyknockers’. Offhand this novel takes place in Haven, Maine, where a lot of his other work has been based as with the show ‘Haven‘ on Syfy. While the writer for the screenplay isn’t set yet it, will be directed by Yves Simoneau (who won 5 Emmys for ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’.) Also on board are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky who will be the executive producers and were involved in the original miniseries of ‘The Tommyknockers’ from 1993.
While not so excited for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ quite yet, I am always up for a good Stephen King mini. Sadly so many are only mediocre at best, but I am fully invested in this one. ‘The Tommyknockers’ was an amazingly well written story and the first miniseries was only OK so I’m looking forward to a properly done production of the novel.
Here are the synopsis of the originals:
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor–husband, Guy, move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbours Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome them; despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband starts spending time with them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare; as the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems.
Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.