NBC Readies Remakes of Rosemary’s Baby and Tommyknockers


Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby (1968) Movie Image

NBC is diving even further into the horror pool after finding critical success with Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal”. The network is now priming remakes of “Rosemary’s Baby”, along with another mini-series based on Stephen King’s “Tommyknockers”.

The network promises an “updated” version of “Rosemary’s Baby”, which will once again be based on the novel by Ira Levin, about “devil worship and the relationship between a young husband and wife”. The book was previously turned into a 1968 movie starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, and directed by Roman Polanski.

The “update”, apparently, will transplant the couple to Paris. That’s, uh, sounds pretty updated to me.

Look for “Rosemary’s Baby” as a 4-hour mini-series.

The Tommyknockers (1993) Movie PosterMeanwhile, with CBS doing very well with Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”, NBC is looking to horn in on some King action themselves. The network will remake “Tommyknockers”, based on King’s 1987 novel about “the residents of a small Maine town and how they deal with what they perceive to be an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby.”

What? A supernatural tale about wacky residents in a small Maine town? Oh King, you and your crazy ideas! What will you think of next?

The book was previously adapted as a mini-series for ABC in 1993 starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. I vaguely remember that adaptation. I do remember that, like most of King’s novels turned into mini-series, it had its moments, but was otherwise forgettable.

Yves Simoneau will direct the mini-series.

Via : THR

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Read Tommyknockers recently. If done right it could be amazing, do we really want mankind to be as advanced possible? Is it really such a good ideas to.have folks from all walks of.life, even children able to carry out complex scientific experiments.

  • Juggernaut

    Both Hannibal and Bates Motel seem to have had success so these seem like good ideas.
    I am a huge fan of Rosemary’s Baby, that being said,I am a bit apprehensive of this adaptation. I’m not against a remake, it could turn out well, I just love the Polansky film so much that I don’t want another, lackluster version to sully the material and possibly alienate people who haven’t seen the film from seeking it out.
    As for King’s Tommyknockers, I remember watching the mini-series and having absolutely no clue what the hell was going on! I was always a fan of his work and while most of his stories are intriguing I just couldn’t grasp or understand the plot. I’ve never read the book but I’m sure that there were aspects of the story that were not properly relayed because of either time constraints, budgetary restrictions or lack of special effects. Those same restrictions hampered The Langoliers mini-series from around the same time. So a remake of this seems promising.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Tommyknockers was God awful, and I’m usually very forgiving. Of all the King mini-series that one was the worst in my opinion. A remake should rock, especially since “Under the Dome” is killing it.

    A Rosemary’s Baby series would be awesome. Both of these will benefit from character development. I hope they’re more like maxi-series, being like 2 hrs a night for like 4-6 weeks. Or even do a finite series like Spartacus.