Bringing film to television is all the rage of late, and even poor NBC is trying to get in on the action, releasing their first trailer for the miniseries adaptation of Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.
Of course, Polanski’s 1968 horror mystery is an adaptation as well, drawn from Ira Levin’s 1967 novel of the same name; Levin is best known for Rosemary’s Baby, along with two other novels to film, The Stepford Wives and The Boys from Brazil. The guy is versatile!!
In the vein of many great filmmakers drawing from literature, (Scorsese cough cough), Polanski had difficulty trimming films down, particularly with Rosemary’s Baby, which originally shot at a 4-hour run time.
NBC now has the opportunity to do what Polanski couldn’t–use the flexible medium of television to its advantage to fit the breadth of Levin’s story to the screen.
With Zoe Saldana, best known for action roles like Star Trek, Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, taking on Mia Farrow’s role as Rosemary, and Patrick Adams of Suits that of her husband, Guy, we have a unique duo of talented, yet unexpected partners in this remake for network television.
Written by Scott Abbott of Queen of the Damned (which is no doubt the worst) and James Wong of American Horror Story, and directed by Agnieszka Holland of The Wire, there’s quite a hodgepodge of talent heading up this project.
Rosemary’s Baby 2 hour premiere airs Sunday, May 11th at 9 p.m., with the second half airing Thursday, May 15th.
PS: May 11th is Mother’s Day. How appropriate.