Two months ago A&E released a twenty second teaser for their upcoming series Damien, a series which will directly follow the 1976 horror classic, The Omen. Now, during Comic-Con, the network has revealed not only some images and the very first poster, but also a proper trailer.
It has plenty of nods to the original film, and the atmosphere and some of the sounds are deliciously creepy, but I am still approaching this with caution. I adore the original film, and until the series starts, its hard to say if it will do the film any justice. However, considering A&E’s other horror series based on a classic, Bates Motel, AND the fact Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) is involved, then Damien should hopefully be alright.
Initially Lifetime had given a straight-to-series order to “Damien,” from Glen Mazzara based on the 1976 horror pic “The Omen.” It was due for six episodes, but A&E have extended this to ten episodes.
Produced by Fox TV Studios, the six-episode Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Mazzara is exec producer and showrunner the series for Fox 21 Television Studios. Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield also exec produce. Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Omid Abtahi and Megalyn Echikunwoke star.
“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime exec VP and g.m. Rob Sharenow.
Titled Damien, the drama centers on the film’s young boy Damien Thorn. Now an adult and haunted by his past, Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist.
Damien marks Mazzara’s first TV gig following his season-and-a-half run on The Walking Dead, where he helped propel the zombie drama to then-record ratings. The Lifetime gig also marks his latest movie-to-TV adaptation, joining Starz’s Crash follow-up. On the big-screen, Mazzara is writing Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stephen King’s horror classic, The Shining.
The original The Omen, directed by Richard Donner and written by David Seltzer, starred Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner and Harvey Stephens.
Bradley James will star as Damien, and the rest of the cast includes Barbara Hershey, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Omid Abtahi, and David Meunier.
Damien will air on A&E next year.
The ten-episode ‘Damien’ follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.