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Rosemarys Baby and Tommyknockers for TV?


By Robert T. Trate     July 27, 2013

It looks as if NBC is going the horror route even further. Hannibal was incredibly successful. Dracula (featuring  Jonathan Rhys Meyers) arrives this fall. Now the Peacock is that tackling two more recognizable properties in the horror genre. broke the news that NBC has announced a four-hour remake/ update of Rosemary’s Baby. They are also piggy backing on the success of Stephen King’s The Dome with a new version of Tommyknockers

In case you need to know: 

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”.

I’ve never seen King’s Tommyknockers, but I am a huge fan of Rosemary’s Baby. I don’t think a remake is something I want to see. The original is perfect. It will take a pretty good cast to even get me interested.  Sound off below Maniacs!


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Deadfox 7/27/2013 2:54:14 PM

 Tommyknockers would want to be be better than the terribly disappointing Under the Dome. 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/28/2013 12:20:22 AM

Should I pull out the tissues now or later?

ultrazilla2000 7/28/2013 2:16:04 AM

 The Tommyknockers can only be an improvement over the original effort.  Such a good story, but the TV movie sucked hard.  Too many changes, and a really low budget.

joelwhy 7/28/2013 4:16:24 AM

Rosemary's Baby is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, IMO. Still, I'd be curious to see an updated remake.

CaptAmerica04 7/28/2013 9:49:36 AM

Rosemary's Baby is a classic.  You cannot possibly duplicate the 70s sensibilities that helped channel the complete terror that the original induced.  Modern special effects and a new cast are not what the film needs.  Leave it alone, NBC!

As for Tommyknockers, I never saw the original film version, but I heard from friends that it was pretty bad.

monkeyfoot 7/29/2013 8:57:21 AM

Yes, Rosemary's Baby is the only one I think is universally considered a classic. But it is a book and I think any book can be remade. I haven't seen Tommyknockers in years but I know TimCurry's clown has filled a generation with horror.

They can go ahead and make new ones but I know when you are redoing a classic you are skating uphill into a headwind trying to get accepted.

booker9172 7/29/2013 6:30:36 PM

I always did enjoy King's books.  However most of them would be very difficult to make into mini's.  Hey monkeyfoot, I think you confused Tommyknockers with It.  Tim Curry played Pennywise the Clown in It.  That is one of my personal favorites by King.  I just wish they could make a movie version of it with a big budget and a director who would keep it like the novel.

vagabondster 7/30/2013 7:22:16 PM

 booker, The stand was a very good adaptation as a mini, and followed the book pretty well. Ive never read tommyknockers so i might check that out. Done PROPERLY, The Dark Tower could be a successful franchise series (a la LOTR) however i seriously doubt itcwill evet happen.



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