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The First TV Spot for the Rosemary’s Baby Mini-Series

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The upcoming new adaptation of “Rosemary’s Baby” is almost here and NBC released the first TV spot. The teaser is only 10 seconds long but we are getting closer to the premiere date.

The “Rosemary’s Baby” mini-series is based on the novel written by Ira Levin. It was famously adapted into the famous film starring Mia Farrow. In the story, adapted from Ira Levin’s novel, Rosemary is the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

Zoe Saldana stars with Patrick J. Adams and Jason Isaacs. The mini-series was adapted by Jame Wong, who has worked on “American Horror Story” and it was co-penned with Scott Abbott.

Look for it to debut this summer.

You can watch the teaser below:

Zoe Saldana to Star in NBC Miniseries Rosemary’s Baby

ZOE SALDANA at Premiere of Star Trek into DarknessNBC’s upcoming four-hour miniseries reboot of “Rosemary’s Baby” has officially cast Zoe Saldana in the lead role. Saldana will play Rosemary, the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

The series is based on the 1967 best-selling novel by Ira Levin which was previously adapted for the big screen starring Mia Farrow.

Saldana is most known for her role in the biggest box-office hit of all time, Avatar. She has been nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and Washington, D.C., Film Critics Assn. for her role in 2009’s Star Trek reboot. She is an ALMA Award winner for Colombiana and earned BET and Image Award nominations for The Losers and Avatar.

“Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start.”

Scott Abbott and James Wong are writing the screenplay. Production is set to begin shortly in Paris, where the story is now set.

 

NBC Greenlights Miniseries Rosemary’s Baby

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NBC has officially green lit the upcoming four-hour miniseries remake, “Rosemary’s Baby.” The series is an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. “Rosemary’s Baby” centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born. The novel was famous adapted into a feature film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow (who about half way through the movie gets a hideous haircut, sorry Mia.)

Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment, said,

“Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be. We’re looking forward to adapting his incredible work and bringing those indelible characters to a new generation of viewers.”

Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment added,

“As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel. This is a compelling tale wonderfully told.”

The project will be produced by Lionsgate Television, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers. Scott Abbott (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Winchell”) and James Wong (“American Horror Story”) will write the screenplay. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (“Europa, Europa”) and an Emmy Award (“Treme”), will direct.

Production on “Rosemary’s Baby” is set to begin in January on location in Paris. Casting will begin immediately.

Veronica’s Room to Hit The Big Screen

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Ira Levin, the writer behind the unsettling tales “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” has another work heading to film. Levin’s 1970’s Broadway thriller “Veronica’s Room” will be adapted thanks to Bob and Harvey Weinstein. They’ll produce, finance and distribute the feature adaptation under the TWC-Dimension label.

Similarly to his previous works of terror, “Veronica’s Room” explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member’s long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder.

“From ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ to ‘Deathtrap,’ Harvey and I have been admirers of Ira Levin, as he has created some of the greatest thrillers in film history,” commented TWC & Dimension Films’ Co-Chairmen Bob Weinstein. “With ‘Veronica’s Room’ we have discovered a hidden gem that is going to reintroduce Ira’s genius to a new generation. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity for top tier actors and actresses to embody Ira Levin’s fascinating, complicated characters.”

No word yet on when production will begin on “Veronica’s Room.”