Actress Zoe Saldana has been cast in the lead role of Rosemary in the upcoming NBC TV mini-series remake of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. As you may know, Rosemary’s Baby tells the diabolic tale of a young woman caught in the machinations of a group of Satanists who have dark designs on her unborn baby. Just before rumors started to go around that NBC was planning a new version of the tale, I rewatched the original 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby directed by Roman Polanski and MAN, does that movie hold up. Despite my aversion to MOST remakes, I must confess that I’m curious to see what a new version of the tale starring Zoe might look like.
Zoe Saldana should probably pick up a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting Satan’s Spawn, because she’s been cast as the lead in NBC’s adaptation of the horror classic Rosemary’s Baby.The Star Trek siren will play Rosemary, the role made famous by Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski’s 1968 film, in the Peacock Net’s upcoming miniseries based on Ira Levin’s demonic novel. NBC’s version of the tale moves the action to Paris, where young wife/mother-to-be Rosemary and her husband move into an apartment with a dark history. As time passes, Rosemary becomes convinced that her husband and neighbors have nefarious designs on her unborn child. Saldana will also co-executive-produce the four-hour project with a team that includes Joshua Maurer (Rubicon) and Lionsgate Television. Agnieszka Holland (Treme) will direct, with a script by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story).
I love Zoe’s casting and I’m impressed with the production team … the ONLY thing that worries me is that the mini-series will be a NBC production. That said, there is a strong possibility that this new version of the tale can turn out really well. Rosemary’s Baby is one of those classic horror films that I don’t think a lot of people have seen, necessarily. Surely younger viewers aren’t as familiar with the story as some of us oldsters, so it may do well as a “fresh” story for them. I am looking forward to seeing this remake. A few years ago, I read the book sequel that Levin wrote titled Son of Rosemary that was published in 1997. I can’t say that the sequel was very good but it was neat to “catch up” with the characters from the original novel. If this Rosemary’s Baby mini-series does well, I bet you any money NBC will want to adapt the book sequel as well. One thing at a time, tho. I’m cautiously optimistic that this remake of Rosemary will turn out well. Any fans of the book/original film out there? What say you on this plan for a remake?