2013 looks like it may be the year of the mini-series. With the huge successes of miniseries like Hatfield’s and McCoy’s and the Bible it’s no wonder why other television stations are hoping on board and trying to catch lighting in a bottle. NBC announced that it has plans to make mini-series out of Steven Kings Tommyknocks and Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby. Needless to say we here at slackjawpunks.com are really stoked for these.For Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, this will be the second network miniseries treatment after Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger starred in ABC’s version in 1993.As most everyone is aware, Rosemary’s Baby was adapted to the big screen in 1968 by writer/director Roman Polanski and instantly became a classic of the suspense/thriller genre.
Here’ is the full press release from NBC announcing the new projects:
Rosemary’s Baby” is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was later adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the complex relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new version, the couple lives in Paris where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds. Lionsgate is the production company. Scott Abbott (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Winchell”) will serve as writer on “Rosemary’s Baby.” Executive producers are Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin.
“Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” is based on the renown author’s chilling 1987 novel about how the residents of a small Maine town deal with what they believe is an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Executive producers are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky. Emmy Award winner Yves Simoneau (“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) is attached to direct.