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The creepy horror from 1976 is to be turned into a six-part series for Lifetime. The Omen based series is to be called Damien and is set during Damien’s adult years. Former showrunner of The Walking Dead Glen Mazzara is to executive produce the series alongside Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield. Lifetime’s Executive VP Rob Sharenow speaks more about the series:
“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,”
Keep checking back for more updates on Damien…
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- Lucinda Holt
Lifetime's Damien will be the televisual follow-up to The Omen...
This is just getting silly now – two film-to-telly adaptations to discuss in one day. As well as the news that a Shutter Island prequel is being developed by HBO, we can also report that Lifetime and 20th Century Fox has announced Damien, their new small-screen follow-up to The Omen.
The show will be written by Glen Mazzara, a former scribe for The Walking Dead, and will run for six episodes. The adult life of Damien Thorn, and his experiences of living with the knowledge that he is the Antichrist, should be an interesting subject matter.
“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined Damien as a dark, romantic, anti-hero »
Lifetime has placed a six-episode, straight-to-series order forGlen Mazzara's drama thriller Damien, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.
Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox's classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture 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.
Here's what Lifetime's Rob Sharenow had to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen's Damien Thorn back to the screen. 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. »
We’ve got more Poltergeist, Amityville Horror and Texas Chainsaw Massacre making their way to theaters, just to name a few, but the horror reboot/remake/sequel craze isn’t just relegated to the big screen anymore. Rosemary’s Baby had its run on NBC back in May, MTV is working on a Scream TV show, Bates Motel recently wrapped its second season and now Lifetime just snagged one of their own. The network just put in a straight-to-series order for Damien, a show based on Richard Donner’s The Omen. Lifetime gave the go-ahead for Fox Television Studios to churn out six episodes, which will likely air in early 2015. The concept comes from former Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara, and will focus on an adult Damien Thorn. Hit the jump for more on the show. According to Variety, Damien will pick up after the events of the 1976 original film »
- Perri Nemiroff
Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien? Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien." "Damien" comes from "The Shield" and "The Walking Dead" veteran Glen Mazzara and Fox Television Studios. The project will premiere on Lifetime in 2015, with Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield also executive producing. “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of 'The Omen’s' Damien Thorn back to the screen," blurbs Lifetime Evp Rob Sharenow. "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." Adds Fox TV Studios Svp Nancy Cotton, "'The Omen' is a jewel in the crown of the Fox features library; we’re gratified and eager to bring a new iteration of ‘Damien’ and »
- Daniel Fienberg
The cabler has ordered six episodes from Fox Television Studios targeted to air early next year. Mazzara, the drama vet and former “Walking Dead” showrunner, Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield are exec producers.
Fineman developed the concept with Mazzara. Series picks up from the movie’s storyline by focusing on the adult life of Damien Thorn as he realizes he is the Antichrist.
“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.
- Cynthia Littleton
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)
I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, »
Filed right under 'completely unnecessary' comes news that 20th Century Fox is readying yet another remake of classic 70's horror 'The Omen'. Yup, even though recent news confirmed that Lifetime were busy working on horror series 'Damien' focusing on a grown up Damien as he comes to grips with his 'demonic destiny' wasn't enough to deter Fox from more Omen antics. The studio will work along with Platinum Dunes to develop the re-remake based on Richard Donner's 1976 cult horror entry penned by David Seltzer. It was reborn into a subpar remake back in 2006 with Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. »
No filmmakers have been attached at this time, with Bloody-Disgusting reporting that 20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are still in the very early stages of development.
The news comes just over a month after we reported that the Lifetime Channel is developing a TV adaptation of the original movie, with Glen Mazzara, a former showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead, writing the pilot script and executive producing. The series centers on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie, who is now an adult and haunted by his turbulent past. He must come to grips with the fact that he is actually the Antichrist.
20th Century Fox is prepping to unleash everyone's favorite little antichrist, Damien Thorn, onto the masses as apparently another remake is on its way in addition to the previously announced "Damien" TV series. Read on for everything you need to know.
The news comes from Bloody Disgusting, who are reporting that Fox is working with Platinum Dunes to develop a second remake based upon the David Seltzer tale of a little boy with the whole world in his demonic hands.
John Moore directed the insipid 2006 remake (that had a strange fascination with the color red) starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, but let's just forget that all happened, mmkay?
The Omen, from writer David Seltzer and director Richard Donner, starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as parents whose son dies at birth and instead secretly adopt an orphan whose mother died at the same time. Only they eventually learn that the child, »
- Steve Barton
For many actors, playing even just a small role in an illustrious franchise such as Star Trek is a highlight of their career. Idolised celebrities including Tom Morello and Seth MacFarlane, and even King Abdullah bin al-Hussein of Jordan consider their briefest of appearances to be among their happiest of moments.
Whilst it is fair to say that anyone who has graced Star Trek with their presence would describe it as a proud achievement, there are also those from whom it was just one part in a distinguished career. Whether they had yet to make it when they made their appearance, or were chosen because of their renowned career, there are those with resumes so impressive that even Star Trek can be overshadowed.
- Ian Coomber
The recent trend in television of adapting films to series has teetered from carefully and creatively executed, such as FX’s Fargo, to lacklustre with poor ratings to show for it, such as the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby. Although this movement has its inherent challenges to overcome, such as the view that creating a series from a film is an infringement on an original fan base, it has spawned several innovative and well done series that wouldn’t have existed if not for their film predecessors. The following are some films that I believe could make interesting television shows if handled correctly. They’re divided into three categories: “world expansion” (taking an original plot and adding scenes, such as El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn), “no original characters” (such as FX’s Fargo, which instead samples the general tone), and “prequel” (such as A&E’s Bates Motel »
- Richelle Charkot
In the best/worst news we’ve heard in awhile, Lifetime is making an Omen TV show to be called Damien. On the best side of the column, the pilot is being written by Glen Mazzara, the second Walking Dead showrunner, and it will follow an adult Damien Thorn grappling with his destiny, which could be interesting. On the worst side, it’s for Lifetime, the network whose highest profile show is about a single mom giving happy ending massages.
But I have hope for the show. If you’ve ever watched a Lifetime movie, you would know that they specialize in evil men. One time I visited my aunt over Father’s Day weekend, and the network was running a marathon of movies about dads. Only, they didn’t have any movies about good dads. It was all about the dad who faked his own death to abandon his children, »
- Mily Dunbar
Good news Walking Dead fans, producer Glen Mazzara is sticking to his horror guns and lining up a continuation of the ever-sinister Omen franchise. Titled Damien, the show will center on the Antichrist, Damien Thorn, and his legacy as Satan’s son. Following the events of the preceding films, Damien will struggle with his horrific past while wrangling with the expectations his birth-right dictates.
This won’t be the first time that studio executives have gotten the defibrillators out for Richard Donnner’s terror classic, which featured Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as the unwitting adopted parents of the spawn of the devil. The film was a hit when it was released back in 1978, earning over $60 million in the U.S. alone. From there we got two sequels, the second of which starred Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill as the Antichrist. Two TV movies followed as well, including The Omen »
- Dale Barham
Lifetime are preparing a new horror series based on Richard Donner's 1976 classic 'The Omen'. The show entitled 'Damien' will focus on the adult Damien who will serve as the main protagonist as he comes to grips with his 'demonic destiny'. 'The Walking Dead's ex-showrunner Glen Mazarra will serve as an executive producer as well as writing the show. 'The Omen' was followed up in 1978 and then in 1981 with 'Damien: Omen II' and 'Omen III: The Final Conflict' respectively with Sam Neill ('Jurassic Park') taking the role of the grown up Damien Thorn in the third entry. It wasn't until 1991 that a 'Omen IV: The Awakening' was released as a TV movie moving the demonic focus from the now dead Damien to a young girl instead. We assume the action from the new series will take place somewhere in between the two unless it'll »
Though Glen Mazzara (The Shield) hasn’t predominantly worked within the horror genre, he does have some experience: he took over as showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead from creator Frank Darabout in the middle of the zombie drama’s second season and led the series to then-record ratings. Mazzara executive produced the series until the end of season 3 when he split from the show.
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- Molly Freeman
A few years ago, it seemed that no horror movie would escape a 21st Century remake. Now it seems that no horror franchise is safe from a small screen adaptation. The likes of Hannibal, Bates Motel and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series have gone down well with fans and now it looks like Damien himself will be heading to television sets near you according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Damien will follow the titular character, now an adult, facing up to his past and coming to terms with being the anti-Christ.
The Omen was directed by Richard Donner in 1976 and sparked controversy with the Catholic church and was famed for having a “cursed” production. The movie spawned 2 sequels, two made-for-tv movies in 1991 and 1995 and a remake in 2006.
- Luke Owen
The Antichrist has found new life on the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Lifetime is developing a new series, "Damien," based on Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic, The Omen. Glen Mazzara is scripting and executive producing. An adult Damien will serve as the story's protagonist as he comes to grips with…
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- Silas Lesnick
The project is entitled Damien, centering on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie who is now an adult haunted by his past. He is faced with "a series of macabre events" before coming to grips with his true destiny, that he is the Antichrist.
The pilot script will be written by Glen Mazzara, who will executive produce through his 44 Strong Productions company. The deal marks the first through his overall deal with Fox Television Studios. Ross Fineman (Lights Out) will also serve as executive producer.
The Omen, based on the novel by David Seltzer, starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a couple who adopts young Damien (Harvey Stephens) after their lost their own child during birth, only to realize that »
With the recent success of television adaptations like Hannibal and Bates Motel, it's no surprise that network executives are diving deeper into creating series out of classic horror films. It was recently announced that there'd be a Friday The 13th-inspired TV show, based in Camp Crystal Lake, and now we can add The Omen to the list.
Glen Mazzara, he of The Walking Dead, who ran that series for a season and a half has been tapped to write Damien, which will center of the little demonic Antichrist from the original film all grown up. Haunted by his past, and faced with grim events in his adulthood, Damien must finally confront his destiny.
So while the fact that another horror film is being adapted isn't surprising, what is surprising is the network it's slated to appear on: Lifetime. Yeah, that Lifetime. The one that's traditionally been geared more towards female dramas, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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