Rosemary’s Baby who? There’s a new baby in town! HBO and Sky Partner announced on Wednesday that they’re teaming up with SISTER production company to bring darkly comic horror series The Baby to fruition. Cultivated from the minds of screenwriter Sîan Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer, The Baby follows a woman whose baby is evil incarnate. Here’s the official synopsis from the press release:
When 38-year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back?
Terrifying and darkly comic The Baby gleefully deconstructs the “joy of motherhood,” exploring the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, questioning who gets to choose “motherhood” and who doesn’t.
She doesn’t want a baby. The baby wants her.
Color me intrigued! I’ve always carried a torch for horror comedies. There’s something about melding the two genres together that deeply appeals to me. Additionally, motherhood and the question of whether to have children is a theme that resonates with so many women. It’s a timeless query that’ll undoubtedly arrest the attentions of people the world over.
Robins-Grace and Gaymer had this to say regarding their brainchild:
With The Baby, we want to explore the powerful anxiety around the question of whether or not to have children. The ambivalence of not knowing, the bafflement at everyone else’s certainty and the suspicion that the whole thing is one millennia-long scam. We’re thrilled to be working with such a phenomenal team of producers to help us bring this weird baby into the world with HBO and Sky.
In addition to HBO and Sky Partner’s contributions, The Baby will also be produced by Proverbial Pictures. Season one will consist of eight episodes, with filming slated for 2021 in the UK. As for the creative team, women will lead the charge. As they should.
Now, I think this vision is wholly unique. In an age when the same tired stories are being told, I always look forward to fresh ideas making their way down the Hollywood pipeline. At least it’s not a reboot! I, for one, am looking forward to a good ol’ fashioned comedic horror show.
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