Rosemary's Baby will also be a four-hour mini and is described as an updated retelling of the novel by Ira Levin that led to a feature film about devil worship and the relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new incarnation, the couple lives in Paris. Lionsgate will produce with Scott Abbott (Winchell) on board to pen the project. Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin will executive produce.
They're also doing a new version of Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers." Um, why?
Carey Mulligan IS Rosemary!
THIS IS MY BIG COMEBACK, BITCHES!
Paris! Are they fucking kidding. NYC was just as important character in the film as any of the human characters.
I doubt I'll watch.
Ok, let's cast this shit fest.
If NBC is making Rosemary's Baby, it will definitely be the spawn of Satan.
I know it may be a reach, but I am totally ready with a new pixie haircut to play the young bride, excited to be expecting a new baby! I mean, people may think I'm too young for the role!
My guess is they get a mainly film actress to do it to try and make it look prestigious. think young, fragile, has done horror, can do that haircut
The pixie cut is not from the book at all, that was simply what Mia's hair looked like at the time. So I wonder if they are going to use that in the movie or try for something different. It is one of the most iconic features of the film.
sarah jessica parker as rosemary
[quote]THIS IS MY BIG COMEBACK, BITCHES!
[quote]by: Lindsay Lohan
Yes, Lindsay, with a little makeup to make you look younger, you could play Minnie Castevet.
Reese Witherspoon as Rosemary, Seth Rogen as Guy
Dear God, no!
Years ago, one of the networks thought seriously of remaking "Mildred Pierce" with Farrah Fawcett and Tatum O'Neal.
Thankfully, HBO's remake with Kate Winslet was well done.
The television remake of "Sorry, Wrong Number" with Loni Anderson was abysmal.
Betty White as Minnie Castevet.
I AM Rosemary.
Girls! You're going about this all wrong. It is a re-imagining...
Gayle and Rosemary, a young lesbian couple from America, move into an older Parisian apartment building. They've been thinking about artificial insemination, but haven't yet decided...
There! Now, do we want Carey Mulligan and Emma Stone? With dear CZJ as Romana Castevet? And I think Lindsay could play Minnie.
As a womyn's anti-patriarchy occult fest it could work. Hell, Roman could probably film it!
Polly Bergen as Minnie Castevet!
Oh, I am imagining all the great lines an all womyn version would create:
"Rosemary, I am telling you NOW so I don't have to tell you THEN...you are carrying the Anti-Christ"
And I imagine the unpacking scene, with the two womyn co-habitating after dating for a week and a half, would be emotional...
So what exactly do they mean with 'updated'?
"I think my hubbie is, like, a effin' devil worshipper or whatever!"
Girlfiend of Rosemary:
"OMG that totally sucks, let's go buy some shoes and have a frappuchino to put your mind off of that shit! That new Starbucks barista is a total hottie, he did give me herpes though."
James Franco as Guy
Blake Lively as Rosemary
Catherine Deneuve as Mlle. Casteville, the nosy but cold and aloof neighbor.
Daniel Auteil as M. Casteville.
"think young, fragile, has done horror, can do that haircut"
Oh G-d please, not Natalie Portman.
Really, people. Young, fragile. CAN DO THE HAIRCUT!
I smell Oscar #2 coming...
This is no dream! This is really happening!!
It's the pope at Yankee stadium!
Will Vidal Nobody Loves an Albatross Sassoon still be the film's hair stylist?
It could be interesting if they cast it right.
Roman and Minnie.. Christopher Lee and Karen Black ( or Polly Bergen lol)
Rosemary and Guy..Lily Collins and Benedict Cumberbatch
Or an all black cast!
It's so wrong.
People were just starting to move away from organised religion in the mid 60s.
Rosemary went to an all girl Catholic school. How many women nowadays do and what's more, how many of them come out still believing in god and the pope? (See Lady Gaga)
The fact that Rosemary was Catholic and a believer was important. The devil wanted a Catholic woman (Theresa Ginofrio). He doesn't want an atheist, an agnostic, a Southern Baptist, a member of the Jesus is Lord Life Community Crystal Palace Church.
There really weren't any devil worshippers around when the movie was made. The movie and a few others started a devil worship fad that's still around. Also, who would call themselves a witch in 1965? Nowadays, your next door neighbor might consider herself a Wiccan witch. It's not shocking that a group of elderly people could be a remnant of a pack of witches.
We have serial killers who think they're vampires, werewolves, immortal godlike creatures who enact grisly crimes. A baby that's half devil? Not too scary.
The idea that the supernatural could be occurring in modern day NYC was a novelty in the 1960s. By the 1980s, it was comedy (Ghostbusters). I assume that would be a reason why they would move the location to another city.
The drug culture was new. Seeing someone smoking a joint at Rosemary and Guy's party was outré. It meant this was a crowd who experimented with drugs, which can be dangerous. Perhaps they experiment with other dangerous things, the audience thought. Nowadays somebody smoking a joint at a party is normal. The audience wouldn't notice.
Guy grew up in an orphanage. Rosemary explains away his obsession with the Castavets as his looking for substitute parents. Who grows up in an orphanage nowadays? You cant use the foster system -- how many white kids went through the foster system in the past 30 years? Zero.
[quote]Will Vidal Nobody Loves an Albatross Sassoon still be the film's hair stylist?
Not unless he does it from the grave.
R59 at the first sign of some crazy devil worshiping supernatural shit, most black people would get the fuck out. So you can't have an all black cast. You could do an interracial couple, white husband, black wife. Maybe Kerry Washington and Patrick Wilson.
"Polly Bergen as Minnie Castevet!"
Some RB trivia . . .
Tony Curtis was the voice on the phone of the actor who went blind so Guy could replace him.
Angela Lansbury as Minnie Castavet!
I think this is exciting. Imagine how much CGI will add to the story!
It's a shame Cory Monteith is dead. This could have been the perfect film for Lea and Cory.
Yes, Jewish Lea Michele would have been perfect as Rosemary Woodhouse from Oklahoma City.
I look at her and always think "Middle America." Well, after I think that she needs to have her lantern jaw filed down.
The Voice of the Night
Rosemary was from Omaha.
I wonder why NBC is producing such edgy material lately. "Hannibal" was too "out there" for me, but I might watch "Rosemary's Baby." I did go to see "The Conjuring" this week, so I suppose I am starting to enjoy edgier fare.
I agree the Catholic angle is necessary. Catholics are the only people who can deal with issues involving demons. This will make it more believable and therefore scarier!
Cory could still do the role. I'm sure his acting is still just as wooden and stilted.
Well, I knew it was in one of the square states.
Nebraska, Oklahoma, same difference.
The Voice of the Night
I read the book a long time ago and I think I remember some mention in it about Rosemary resembling Anna Maria Alberghetti. A big budget movie remake would be a huge waste, but who cares if they do a mini-series on TV. They won't try to duplicate the 60's movie.
That insipid blonde from canceled 666 PARK AVENUE
This is really happening!
Jay Leno as Satan.
R50, "The Conjuring" is edgy??
So 1966 won't be the year one?
If I were the head of NBC, I would spend any sum to bring in Deneuve and Delon as the Castavets. That would make this a TV event for the history books a la Sybil.
Starring Kate Jackson as Ruth Gordon!
If it was a theatrical release, Charlize Theron for Rosemary. Someone such as Olivier Martinez as her French husband, Guy.
Charlize Theron is too old.
Charlize Theron and Martinez are almost old enough to play the Castavets.
Mia Farrow was 23 when she played Rosemary.
no r63...Ruth Gordon and Sydney Blackmer were seventy two and seventy three when they played the Castevets.
"Just be a mother to your baby Rosemary, Minnie and Lara Louise are too old, it just isn't right."
Rosemary's Baby vs. Hillary Clinton
Which miniseries will be more successful?
The old coven would be most fun to cast - just get everyone on the next series of American Horror Story.
Actually, the idea of Patti LuPone as Minnie Castevet sounds terrifying. "It's chocolate MOUSE!"
[quote]Really, people. Young, fragile. CAN DO THE HAIRCUT!
I smell Oscar #2 coming...
Sorry, AnnE, but key words here are YOUNG and fragile (haven't whipped MY tits out "to change my image" yet!) And I've done the haircut--better!
Why are people mentioning A-listers like Charlize Theron, Emma Stone and Carey Mulligan? It's a fucking NBC mini-series, not HBO.
Rosemary's Baby vs. Hillary Clinton
Do you think NBC is trying to say something?
A remake? That's not possible. That's a mistake.
Ms. Betty Bacall IS Minnie Castevet.
Dakota Fanning is Rosemary.
Shouldn't Mia play Minnie?
Paris?! What have you DONE to this movie, you MANIAAAACS???!!!
Rosemary does go to Vidal Sasson in the book. But her hair is probably not cut as short as Mia's in the film.
When I wasa kid, it made the newspapers thatMiaFarrow had cut her hair herself. The story was that she'd had an argument with Frank Sinatra because she wanted to get married and he didn't. She cut off her hair and threatened suicide, so Sinatra married her.
She had short hair when she married Frank Sinatra, so the whole "he served her with divorce papers after the haircut" story was bullshit.
Mia Farrow was considered unstable and difficult for quite a while. She quit Peyton Place to run off with Sinatra, she chopped off her hair, she ran off to India to follow the Beatles (she tells a different story, but she wanted Paul), she pursued Andre Previn when he was married. It's no surprise her career died and had to be revived 20 years later by Woody Allen.
[quote] Well, I knew it was in one of the square states.
Nebraska, Oklahoma, same difference.
Oklahoma isn't one of the square states, it's a frying pan.
Pretty sure the character Rosemary got the Sasson cut in the book as well as the movie.
"Ms. Betty Bacall IS Minnie Castevet."
She's now housebound and unable to walk.
Good stunt casting would be if Mia Farrow played Minnie. Why not?
Yes, r80, but Mia already did the "Rosemary's Baby"-inspired stunt-casting twice with the "Omen" remake and the audiobook version of "RB".
Emma Watson for Rosemary.
[quote]Pretty sure the character Rosemary got the Sasson cut in the book as well as the movie.
She got A hair cut in the book, but it was never described as the kind of pixie cut Mia had. And at one point in the book they describe Rosemary has wearing her hair up, which would have been impossible with a pixie.
Charlize already did Rosemary's Baby. It was called The Devil's Advocate.
Jaden Smith *IS* Rosemary.
If we're mentioning A listers, why not the obvious choice? AnnE
And Charlize got a short cut for that movie.
r86, I already explained things to AnnE as gently as I could, back in r67.
If they really are moving the story to Paris, please get Catherine Denuve as Minnie. Please? That would be all sorts of awesome.
Patty Duke cud play the part that Ruth Gordon played. There is a connection there; Patty was in Rosemary Baby part II n Patty played Ruth's grandaughter in a Love Boat episode.
Does anyone know if this was a true story? I really enjoyed "666 Park Avenue," although it did get a bit too scary and disturbing at the end. I hope this remake takes place in New York City. To me, that sort of adds to the excitement and edgy-ness.
yes, i tneeds to be set in NY but as it's TV it will probably be filmed in California and be set in a pretend NY with lots of sunshine on the city street scenes.
Romain Duris for Rosemary's petulant, slightly older French husband, with gratuitous frontal nudity for the European version.
It could work if, instead of witches, it revolved around a coven of scientologists.
I'm thinking John Travolta and Kirstie Alley as the Castavetts and Ton Cruise as the husband.
You might as well cast Katie Holmes as Rosemary.
Cellphones = no phone booth scene.
and Jaden Smith as the baby!
I was just thinking any of the young women from "Mad Men" would be well cast as "Rosemary." Peyton List, the woman who plays "Megan," or even January Jones has such a sweet, naive quality, she may be considered too mature for the role, but I'm sure she could be believable.
R98 - Peyton List (who played Jane) would be great.
The whole thing could be shot in Lauren Bacall's Dakota co-op.
Actually, as ill-advised as this sounds, having Karen Black play Minnie Castevetes sounds great!
Yes, r102 for Rosemary's Baby: The Unintentional Comedy.
No one has mentioned Mia Farrow for Minnie Castevet. It would be interesting stunt casting, at least. And Mia did do the shitty "Omen" remake a few years ago so it's not like she's above such things.
I think a remake is a disaster waiting to happen but Michael Caine would be great as Hutch, Rosemary's friend who tries to warn her about the Castevets.
It's a 4 hour miniseries. They still do miniseries on network tv?
Why a miniseries? The first film managed to cram the entire book into just over 2 hours and they pretty much left nothing out. What are they going to do with the remaining 2 hours?
Also, Karen Black as Minnie? BRILLIANT! Someone, make it happen!
If you cast me as Theresa Gionoffrio, I could probably get you my mom for Minnie...
Unfortunately, Karen Black is pretty ill with cancer. There was an online fundraising campaign going to get specialized treatment in Europe but they stopped accepting donations right before this article appeared saying she's was in the hospital with pneumonia. Not looking good for her.
You know they'll fuck this up royally with a cameo by Shirley MacLean as Minnie.
[quote]Ruth Gordon and Sydney Blackmer were seventy two and seventy three when they played the Castevets.
In that case, how about a real married couple - Michael Douglas and CZJ!
This is really gonna be a tough one to make. It all hinges on who they cast. Mia Farrow had this perfect vulnerable quality to her. You just wanted to take care of her and give her a hug. I can't think of any 20-30 year old actresses on the scene right now that would warrant anything more than a bitch slap out of me. Carey Mulligan might not be the worst choice in the world.
Just please PLEASE God, keep goddamn emotionless Rooney Mara and Kristen Stewart away from this.
The Castavets will be a lot more fun to cast. I'm sure they'll get some good names for that. Ellen Burstyn? Jessica Walter? Shirley MacLaine? The possibilities are endless. Lots of great 70+ actresses out there waiting for a great role like this.
I wouldn't worry r117. I don't think Kristen or Rooney would slum it in a TV movie.
I think the sexual politics of the story will prevent it from working. Think about it. The premise is a woman who is pimped out by her husband to be drugged and raped, impregnated and forced to give birth to a monster, and despite her better judgment her maternal instincts take over and she decides to raise it as her child. That's pretty misogynistic right there, but when you consider the real-life cases recently in the news (hello, Cleveland) audiences are going to see the scenario just a little bit differently than they would in 1968 and question the idea of network TV presenting this as a fun little edgy horror flick.
As with "Lolita" and "Gigi" and "The Baker's Wife" I think this is a story line that is just a little too icky by today's standards to work as a reboot.
Just read the linked article from OP. So the remake is set in Paris?! I'll miss New York setting. At least we have the brilliant movie.
Leslie Caron IS Minnie!
Alain Delon IS Roman!
Since the new location is Paree..
Because it's a miniseries they can cast better stars, but it would be better if this were an HBO movie or a limited run cable series. Network TV can't do this kind of thing justice. Will this version be more faithful to the book?
How was the movie not faithful to the book? Not being bitchy, just asking. I always thought the movie was faithful to the book.
On network TV this will not work, there will be no nudity and the entire storyline doesn't lend itself to network TV, it will be like a Lifetime movie if NBC does it.
Network TV tortured a Stephen King book, IIRC, it was the one with the topiary which started to walk. The viewers waited for that to happen and then barely saw the shrubs move as that part of the mini-series ended.
For Guy, how about that French actor from "The Dreamers", the one with the tousled dark hair, he would also be great as the surviving Boston terrorist when that inevitable film gets made.
R124 is that Louis Garel?
If this were a real movie, I would say Michelle Williams. But she's not going to be in an NBC miniseries anytime soon.
[quote]I wonder why NBC is producing such edgy material lately.
The word you're looking for is RATINGS.
R61, no one is casting Olivier Martinez as a lead in an A-list theatrical release.
Sometimes the ignorance about casting on DL is staggering. Like when people insist that Cherry Jones should be cast as the lead in a film.
[quote]Network TV tortured a Stephen King book, IIRC, it was the one with the topiary which started to walk.
Yes, an obscure book called "The Shining".
Polanski's film is one of the most faithful adaptations I have ever seen. Levin likes to joke that since it was Polanski's first time adapting material, not writing his own, that he didn't know he could change anything. Besides a couple smidges of Rosemary's back-story it's pretty much verbatim.
[quote]Yes, an obscure book called "The Shining".
R129, I said I couldn't remember what the mini series was, jeez, grow up. Several of King's movies have been made into awful TV mini series', IIRC "Tommyknockers" etc. That was ridiculously bad.
What was so awful about the topiary moving in the TV version, the screen started to fade to black when the viewers were finally about to see the shrubs move, it was so poorly done.
I don't recall the topiary moving in Kubrick's version of "The Shining". Which, despite it's many flaws, Kubrick's movie was magnificent compared to the TV version!
Yes, R125, it's Louis Garel, he's suitably creepy to play Guy. Guy WAS a creep and creepy looking. I never understood the choice of John Cassavettes opposite Mia Farrow, he was too old and ugly compared to Farrow. Picking a good looking guy would have worked better, the character of Guy would have been less suspect had he'd been a good looking Waspy type.
[quote]I don't recall the topiary moving in Kubrick's version of "The Shining".
Kubrick thought it was silly and refused to put it in the script.
Carrie Underwood IS Rosemary Woodhouse!
They need to get Vera Farmiga or Monica Potter for this!
After rewatching the Law & Order: SVU where Ann-Margaret keeps period stained bedsheets wrapped in a bow for forty years, I think she'd make a great Minnie.
Robert Redford would have been great as Guy. A blond, sunny, personable chap. I would never suspect him. I would have believed he saw the Castavets as the parents he never had.
But Cassavettes was all pointy eyebrows and nervous twitchery. If I were Dr Hill, as soon as I saw Guy show up with Saperstein I would've said, "Erm.. Wait a sec..."
I don't like the idea of changing the locale - what's wrong with New York? I think Paris will make it too much of a pastiche, there'll be too many lingering shots of the Rive Gauche at dusk and bad accents from miscast anorexics.
The original setting was important to the story, it was a "this could be happening right next door" kind of thing, Paris won't work for that.
I'd like to see a decent movie made of This Perfect Day instead. That's been a favourite of mine for years.
And whatever happens, please no Lindsay Lohan. Not even for camp value.
Benedict Cumberbatch for Guy. We all know who here would love that.