Hey ladies, slip on your tannis root pendants and book a visit to a salon to imitate Vidal Sassoon because Rosemary Woodhouse is coming back!
Evidently this headline is about a month old, but it is news to me: NBC announced a Rosemary’s Baby miniseries for their upcoming line-up, because, you know, nothing peppers up a channel’s comedic programming quite like satanic rape. Though it’s an unexpected choice for a project – Roman Polanski’s 1968 film is an obvious classic, near untouchable in its perfection – this isn’t the first time someone has tried to remake it. I remember reading a few years ago about a planned remake by Michael Bay that quickly fell through (I recall one of the producers making a statement that there was nothing their proposed version could do to improve upon the original). Unlike that aborted film, the miniseries will be an adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel as opposed to a remake of Polanski’s work, with the story moved from the halls of New York City’s famed Dakota to the streets of Paris.
No more details have been released that I can find, but there are a million questions to ask: will it remain set in the 1960s or will a present-day Rosemary now have to contend with social media in addition to carrying the spawn of Satan? (Can’t you just imagine her Facebook statuses?) Who will play Rosemary, Guy, Minnie, Roman and the rest of the coven? And will Rosemary still have her signature pixie cut?
I was catching up on Interview Magazine’s online section when I saw their choices for a pretend HBO version (the author notes that she fears, as many critics have noted to a similar degree, that this could be a total bust, or: “Unfortunately NBC’s forthcoming Rosemary’s Baby miniseries may be as unpleasant as having nonconsensual sex with Satan”). They nominate Carey Mulligan as their ideal choice, but let’s also throw Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Mia Wasikowska into the dream-scenario mix – they’ve all already proven they look fab with pixie hair!Who would you like to see as the 21st century Rosemary Woodhouse?
Title: from "Incense and Peppermints" (Strawberry Alarm Clock)