Like all the other broadcast networks, NBC is getting (back) into the miniseries business, greenlighting four new projects in addition to the follow-up to “The Bible” it picked up recently.
The four new projects are a biopic about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane; an updated version of “Rosemary’s Baby”; a remake of Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers”; and “Plymouth,” about the Pilgrims settling in America.
“We need to be in the event business,” network chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Saturday (July 27) at the TCA summer press tour. That includes lots of live programming (like a live “Sound of Music” set to air in December) but also programming like what it announced Saturday.
“Hillary,” written by Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”), will follow the former first lady, senator and secretary of state’s life from 1998 — around the time her husband, President Bill Clinton, was impeached — to the present.
“Rosemary’s Baby” will retell the story of Ira Levin’s classic horror novel, moving the setting from New York to Paris. Scott Abbott (“Queen of the Damned”) is writing it.
“The Tommyknockers” previously aired as a miniseries on ABC in 1993. Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced that version, will do the same for the remake; Yves Simoneau (“V,” “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) will direct.
All three of those projects will clock in at four hours and are labeled as “miniseries” by NBC. It’s calling “Plymouth” a “limited series” — i.e., longer and potentially open-ended — that will tell the story of the Mayflower’s trip across the Atlantic and the Plymouth, Mass., settlement in 1620.
“Law & Order” and “Hill Street Blues” veteran Walon Green is writing “Plymouth,” and Mark Burnett is among the executive producers.