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“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine
Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.
From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.
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- Harker Jones
“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine
The all-new Ghostbusters are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer.
At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished Ghostbusters director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product. »
- Harker Jones
Happy Friday the 13th. Making movies is a business that proves that Murphy’s Law is a real and horrifying thing. For these 13 movies, chaos, misfortune, and sometimes an unnerving amount of death hovered over like a black raincloud that won’t go away. Over the course of the making of the Poltergeist trilogy, four cast members died. The most shocking was 12-year-old Heather O’Rourke, who died of septic shock at age 12. No one was seriously hurt during filming of The Omen. but chaos seemed to surround everyone involved. Star Gregory Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer had their flights struck by. »
- Jeremy Fuster
It looks like the long-running horror franchise The Omen is heading back to the big screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that 20th Century Fox is in development on a prequel to the original movie titled The First Omen.
The site reports that Antonio Campos (Christine) is in talks to direct the project, which will be produced by David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen through their Phantom Four production company. The script has been penned by Ben Jacoby (Bleed).
The Omen was released in 1976 and starred Gregory Peck as an American Ambassador who adopts a child, Damien, who turns out to be the Antichrist. The film spawned three sequels and a 2006 remake, as well as a TV series in 1995 and the new A&E show Damien, which premiered in March.
- Gary Collinson
The Catcher Was a Spy: Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) will star as Moe Berg in The Catcher Was a Spy. It's based on a popular book by Nicholas Dawidoff that told the true story of a professional baseball player who led a double life as a spy for the U.S. during World War II. Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the screenplay; Ben Lewin (The Sessions) will direct. [Deadline] The First Omen: A prequel to 1976's The Omen is in the works. The original starred Gregory Peck as an American ambassador in Europe whose adopted son Damien may be the son of the Devil. It spawned two sequels and a remake, as well as a TV series that is currently airing. Ben Jacoby wrote the script for the prequel script, The First Omen. Antonio Campos is in negotiations to direct...
- Peter Martin
Some strange confluence brings news of three projects featuring former Us presidents. Martin Scorsese is reportedly circling a new biopic of George Washington, Will Ferrell is set to play Ronald Reagan and John Slattery will play Dwight D. Eisenhower opposite Brian Cox's Winston Churchill. Also in the works: László Nemes's followup to Son of Saul, a prequel to Richard Donner's The Omen directed by Antonio Campos, Francis Ford Coppola's director's cut of The Cotton Club, Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin, and a new adaptation of Watership Down featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and John Boyega. » - David Hudson »
A prequel to the 1970s horror movie The Omen is in the works over at 20th Century Fox, so reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The original movie, released 40 years ago, saw Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist. Two sequels and a 2006 remake followed that movie, and it looks like Fox wants to revive the franchise once again with the planned prequel.
The post Prequel to ‘The Omen’ in the works at »
- Paul Heath
Ben Jacoby has written the script for the prequel. Campos directed “Christine,” which premiered at Sundance and starred Rebecca Hall as Christine Chubbuck, the 29-year-old news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974.
“The Omen” was directed by Richard Donner from a David Seltzer script. The film, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner, revolved around a young child adopted at birth by an American Ambassador and his wife who are unaware that the child is the Antichrist.
- Dave McNary
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Antonio Campos, the indie filmmaker who most recently directed the Sundance movie Christine, is in negotiations to helm the prequel for supernatural horror thriller titled The First Omen at 20th Century Fox.
The original film which was directed by Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon movies) starred the great Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist.
The 1976 Omen was one of the biggest hits of the year and was considered one of the scariest movies of the decade at that time. The Omen spawned two film sequels and a series of novels. There was also a remake of the film back in 2006 which was directed »
- Kellvin Chavez
The Omen may be 40 years old this year, but it's somehow become the hottest property in horror in 2016. In addition to A&E's sequel series Damien (which, truth be told, isn't garnering the kind of ratings the network probably hoped for), an Omen prequel movie is now in the works with indie darling Antonio Campos -- whose 2016 biopic Christine, about tragic Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- attached to direct. Fittingly titled The First Omen, the film is being produced by David Goyer for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind both the original film and its three less-successful sequels, including the made-for-tv stinker Omen IV: The Awakening. I actually rewatched The Omen fairly recently, and truth be told, I'd forgotten how hokey the thing is. The fact that it grossed boatloads of money in 1976 makes sense: it's broadly entertaining, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The problem with most prequels is that the original never intended to show you what happened before the events deemed worthy enough to depict in a movie. But that isn't stopping the brain trust at 20th Century Fox from moving forward on The First Omen, a precursor to the 1976 classic that introduced Damien to the world. Antonio Campos, who made waves with his Sundance hit Christine (not a Stephen King remake) is in talks to direct.
A grown-up Damien is at the center of a new A&E horror series that debuted earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox already blew it with their critically panned remake of The Omen in 2006. So they're taking this long-standing horror franchise in a totally new direction. This next movie is produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen under their Phantom Four banner. There are no story details. The movie will tell what happened »
Horror fans have something new to scream about as 20th Century Fox is planning a prequel to The Omen. According to THR.com, the studio is looking to revisit the 1976 classic about a young boy who may just be the son of Satan. That movie, which starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick and was directed by Richard Donner, won an Oscar for Best Original Score. It also earned Harvey Stephens a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Damian. The publication is reporting that Fox is looking to Antonio Campos as a potential director. Campos was most recently behind the camera for the film Christine. That movie is about the on-air suicide by television reporter Christine Chubbuck. The Omen grossed an inflation-adjusted $240 million. It also led three follow-ups: Damien: The Omen Part II (1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981) and the made-for-tv Omen IV: The Awakening (1991). The original movie was remade »
- David Eckstein
Listen closely and you might hear haunting chants in the distance, because a prequel to 1976’s The Omen is in development at 20th Century Fox.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox is developing The First Omen, a prequel movie to The Omen, which first hit theaters nearly 40 years ago.
Written by Ben Jacoby (Bleed), The First Omen could have a director soon, as Antonio Campos (2016’s Christine, Simon Killer, Afterschool) is in talks to step behind the camera for the film. David Goyer and his Phantom Four label will produce the project.
As many horror fans know, The Omen focused on a young boy named Damien who was the Antichrist, often bringing suffering to those around him, including his adoptive parents: American Diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) and Katherine Thorn (Lee Remick). The Omen was followed by three film sequels, a 2006 remake, and a sequel series called Damien that’s currently airing on A&E. »
- Derek Anderson
Titled "The First Omen," the prequel is being penned by Ben Jacoby but specifics are being kept under wraps. It will be the first prequel in the franchise which has scored three film sequels, a remake, and a currently airing TV sequel.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Forty years after it was first released, The Omen is coming back to the big screen as a prequel that is being pieced together by 20th Century Fox. Antonio Campos, the indie filmmaker who most recently directed the Sundance movie Christine, is in negotiations to helm the supernatural horror thriller titled The First Omen, which is being produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen and their Phantom Four banner. The original movie starred the great Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist. The movie, directed
- Borys Kit
For readers of a certain age, Roald Dahl's books played a wonderful role in their childhood. He captured the anxiety and beauty of children in stories as varied as James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Witches, Matilda and The Bfg. Dahl turned to the movie world in the late 1960s, writing the scripts for the James Bond spy thriller You Only Live Twice and the children's fantasy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but his experience in adapting his own book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was not very satisfying. The wildly popular book, first published in 1964, was inspired by Dahl's own brief time as a chocolate taster, and went on to sell more than 13 million copies worldwide. After penning the first draft of the screenplay, David Seltzer (The Omen) came on...
- Peter Martin
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Beast Rises
Damien’s pilot episode is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to review. Usually an opinion should be clear by the end of an episode, aided by hurriedly scrawled notes taken during the viewing. And if I was going to base my review on those notes alone, then I would say that Damien is an awful television show. Objectively, that is the case. The dialogue is clunky and cliched, the characters are either bland or inconsistent and it’s shot in an alternately murky/shaky way that makes it a little unpleasant to watch. The actors do their best with weak material that gives no indication as to how this series will work going »
Damien, the series based on Richard Donner’s classic horror film The Omen is set to premiere tonight on A&E. We chat with series executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara about what to expect from the adaptation, his time on The Walking Dead, and what feels like a recent trend/desire for a cuddlier version of the devil on television. Mazzara was also delightfully game to play a rousing game of Satan, Santa, or Michael Shannon and “who deviled it best?” Take a look in the player above or below! Damien premieres on A&E on Monday, March 7th at 10/9c. Chat with us here or on Twitter: Glen: @GlenMazzara Roth: @RothCornet Chris: @HitfixChris »
- Roth Cornet
Life hasn’t gotten easier for Damien Thorn since his nanny jumped off the building ledge in The Omen. A&E’s new sequel series to Richard Donner’s film shows that being the Antichrist isn’t one big devilish party, but rather a hellish struggle for your very soul. Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to watch the first five episodes of the series, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The series picks up with Damien Thorn (Bradley James) at the ripe age of 30. Years after his father’s attempt to kill him with the Megiddo daggers, Damien still hasn’t sprouted horns and doesn’t sit on a throne of fire while the world bows at his hooved feet. Instead, Damien is quite human and has an occupation you might not expect: war photographer.
Along with his friends Amani (Omid Abtahi) and »
- Derek Anderson
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
Despite landing in a television landscape already inundated with antiheroes, Damien can certainly claim to boast an unusually noteworthy anchor: the Antichrist himself. All grown up almost 30 years after the events of Richard Donner’s 1976 classic, the Satanically inclined Damien Thorn (played here by Bradley James) is now a war photographer, working in the Middle East and constantly putting himself in harm’s way in order to capture the region’s pervasive human suffering. (Why he’s drawn to such a fatality-filled field is a plot point that goes unexamined in the pilot but may well yield some intriguing character development later down the line.)
Having repressed all those nasty childhood memories of murderous parents and suicidal au pairs, Damien lives in blissful ignorance of his supernatural destiny – until, in the midst of an assignment in the volatile streets of Damascus, he’s confronted by an old woman, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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