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At this weekend’s Television Critic’s Association presentation, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced a number of new projects under the miniseries and limited series banner. In addition to projects about Hillary Clinton’s life, a sequel to The Bible and a drama about the Pilgrims called Plymouth, the network also has new versions of Rosemary’s Baby and Tommyknockers in the works for the small screen.
Rosemary’s Baby was originally a 1967 novel by Ira Levin before it was adapted by Roman Polanski for a film starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon. The story focuses on a young mother who becomes convinced that the people in her building have sinister intentions toward her unborn child. The new project is being written by Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) as a four-hour miniseries that will be set Paris instead of New York City.
Meanwhile, the adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 sci-fi novel The Tommyknockers was partially greenlit, thanks to CBS’s success with another King adaptation, Under the Dome. The book, which was adapted as a miniseries in 1993 by ABC, finds the residents of a small town in Maine slowly turning into aliens after a long-buried craft surfaces. Yves Simoneau (V) will direct the new version.