Director Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic, The Omen, is one of my most treasured horror films, I adore it! The two sequels (let’s forget The Omen IV: The Awakening ever existed) were both strong features, and then came that truly hideous remake in 2006, so here’s hoping that maybe this just announced TV series can do the original film justice.
THR reports that former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara will write and executive produce ‘Damien’, and the series will follow Damien Thorn as an adult haunted by his dark past.
THR describes the series: 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.
Synopsis for the original film:
Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events – and the ominous warnings of a priest – lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate.