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As the networks continue to push for more miniseries events, they are finding inspiration in projects that have already been adapted in other media. The latest is Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, which was already turned into a classic film in 1968, but will now make the transition to the small screen thanks to NBC and Lionsgate Television.
NBC has put in an order for the four-hour series, which will be written by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Europa Europa writer Agnieszka Holland, who has recently directed episodes of Treme and The Killing, has been tapped to direct.
Shooting is expected to start in Paris in January.
“Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be," Quinn Taylor, executive vice president, movies, miniseries and international co-productions at NBC, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to adapting his incredible work and bringing those indelible characters to a new generation of viewers.”
Deadline notes that it has been a long time since NBC has done a mini-series, but the network is ramping up production on them since the success of cable series like The Bible and Hatfield & McCoys. In fact, NBC will be the home of the Bible sequel, A.D.: Beyond The Bible.
Levin’s 1967 book was adapted by Roman Polanski in 1968 with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. The late author’s play Veronica’s Room is getting a film adaptation from TWC-Dimension.