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Damien Born Again In ‘The Omen’ Re-Remake (Exclusive)

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Back in May we reported that Lifetime was developing “Damien,” a television followup to the 1976 The Omen.

While that continues to be worked on with “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara, sources tell Bloody Disgusting exclusively that Twentieth Century Fox is hoping to bring Damien Thorn back to theaters. We’re told that FOX is working with Platinum Dunes to develop a second The Omen remake. I guess remakes are dead and studios are officially moving onto re-remakes?

John Moore directed the 2006 remake starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. Released on 06-06-06, the remake was moderately successful pulling in $120M worldwide on a $25M budget.

Richard Donner helmed the original that begins when mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador leaving him wondering if the child that he is raising is the Anti-Christ. The film starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, alongside Harvey Stephens as Damien.

Platinum Dunes will see the release of The Purge: Anarchy this summer, and has been behind a wide variety of remakes from Friday the 13th to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and even A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Did I scare you, Mommy? I didn’t mean to.

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  • Poe

    Enough already. Seriously…

  • Sick_skwerl

    I really like the original, and I even saw the remake in theaters and I didn’t dislike it, but god damn, make a sequel or even a remake of a sequel, I can’t do the same plot 3 times.

  • part6productions

    Yeah cause that’s what we need, another remake of The Omen. Seriously, Horror has had a shit reputation for a while now but I really feel it has hit a new low.

  • Khy

    Sigh. Here’s the thing- I can see the point of this “re-remake” if the 2006 remake was shit or a failed attempt. But the Omen ’06 was a good movie that got a lot of POSITIVE feedback. It’s definitely one of the better remakes of the past ten years and is still extremely recent, so WTF Fox? It’s almost as if Fox wants to make some quick cash so they’ve decided to shit this out so people will go to the theater based on the name recognition alone. There’s absolutely no reason for this, at all. Platinum Dunes is starting to irritate me. I loved them in their early years from 03-05, back when they were churning out enjoyable romps like TCM and even Amityville. Their Friday 2009 was a hit or miss and they hit an all time low with Nightmare. But with the Purge movies they seem to be getting back to their former glory but now they go and do this? Really? I hope this falls through. PD needs to stick with the new Friday movie and The Birds reboot they’ve been trying to get off the ground for the past 8 years, which still could be somewhat decent. Hell, if they want to stay in the horror remake business then go and reboot films that NEED it. There’s so many bad horror movies from every decade that could use a decent update- go take advantage of those opportunities.

    • Leebo

      Is you mental?
      The Omen remake was a piece of shit.
      Still, each to their own I guess and you’re entitled to your own opinion on the movie as it’s all about personal taste.
      It was still a piece of shit though!

      ;)

      • Khy

        “Is you mental”- no I’m not, but you can use hooked on phonics. And call it a price of shot from the rooftops while beating off a beat and that won’t change the fact that it STILL got positive feedback, that I liked it, and that this new remake is as completely pointless as your previous comment.
        ;)

        • Leebo

          Chortle.

  • Atif Aslam

    Lovely. when it will be released?

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  • J Jett

    i agree w/ most comments here. the remake wasn’t that bad and it certainly wasn’t so bad that it needed a re-remake.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I never watched the remake so I don’t have an opinion on it. It’s like Hollywood is saying, “It’s been almost 10 years since we remade it? Let’s do it again!” It’s getting really old.

  • Kagutaba

    Just because I can eat my own vomit, it doesn’t mean I want to.

  • EvilWhiteMale

    Stop it, guys. Just stop it.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    I wonder why they didn’t go the series route – there’s a lot of material and side characters that would have fleshed that out – I guess knowing that the kid is the devil’s son doesn’t really allow for much narrative tension.

  • Ruben

    I am so over these fucking series spin offs! MAKE IT STOP!

  • Benatar01

    I am still waiting for the Logan’s Run remake, but they’re all friggin’ too busy remaking remade remakes!!! Huh?

  • http://Voorhees83 Voorhees83

    meh

  • REC03

    if this is as good as the Nightmare On Elm Street remake we sure are in for a treat!

    • http://Voorhees83 Voorhees83

      Is that a joke? If so, pretty funny haha.

    • Primeus

      please tell me your are joking or my faith in mankind just hit an all time low.

      • REC03

        i’ll never tellllllllllllllll………………..any of u.

  • REC03

    i hope they cast Rooney Mara as the mom. she really would bring out the characters personality!

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Yeah, because the last one wasn’t enough.

  • Leebo

    At least it can’t be as bad as that p.o.s. remake from 2006!
    What I loved about the original franchist was that Damien didn’t seem to have any idea whatsoever “what/who” he was, until midway through the 2nd movie, whereas what I hated about the 2006 movie was that the kid seemed to be playing Damien as if he knew all along……

  • Saren Nevac

    I cant wait till they run out of movies to remake and then have to start releasing silent movies again……but in 3d. :-)

    • Christopher Pelton

      Hell yeah! Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp spinning that cane in glorious 3D. Sign me up. :)

  • Cameron Fraser

    You could do a lot more with the premise than the 2006 remake did which was virtually a scene for scene remake, but it’s just to soon after the last one. Not to mention the last place you’re going to get any interesting or fresh ideas is from Platinum Dunes,

  • http://talkbacker.com/ detectivedee

    FTS…. The 2006 remake already felt very much like a Platinum Dunes film, now they’re following with a “real” PD film? Jeez!
    I can live with the TV-series though, as both “Hannibal” and “Bates’ Motel” turned out to be very good and “The Omen” always had kind of an episodic structure, which fits well the TV-format.
    But yeah, burn down the PD headquarters. Stick to (bad) action films guys, you have no idea how to create intimacy in your movies.

  • Christopher Pelton

    If they want to make a movie about the son of the Devil they should make Good Omens. That book is pretty damn funny and would make a much better film than this triple dip of the Omen.

  • Anthony Abbate

    You know what I am getting pretty sick of? Movie remakes. Ok it was cool 10 years ago when only a handful were being remade, and even then it was from movies that were 20 or more years old. Hollywood now has apparently shifted from creating originality or adapting from books, short stories and the like so much so that we are now remaking remakes. What the hell is it with this trend? That was a rhetorical question mind you, we all know what their motivation is right? Money! Exactly, money makes Hollywood run and it is so bad now that the executives in Tinsel Town are so scared of making a flop of a film that they are re-using material that has exclusively made them money in the past. In fact I am willing to bet that there isnt one film coming out in the next two years that isnt a remake, a re-remake, or a book, comic, short story, anime, etc, adaptation.

    Now dont get me wrong. I think adaptations done right can be magnificent! I would just like to see some originality put into film like it used to be! Sure there are several plot lines that are pulled from various sources, ie. The Lion King being loosely based on Hamlet, but exact copies of existing properties or “Origin Stories” are getting old quick.

    Have you watched much TV lately? TV, in my personal opinion is bigger than ever and in most ways bigger than the big screen. In the past, movie adaptaions of books were mediocre at best with a rare exception here or there. Today there are a lot of books and series that are being adapted to television that actually allows the story to be told in a way that the original author intended. Sure the series will be slightly different, or completely different than the books and I am ok with that as long as its told well.

    This growing trend of remakes and re-remakes has been the biggest thing to keep me out of the theater. I keep my fingers crossed that it doesnt cross over into TV land with a “reboot” of Game of Thrones in five years time.

  • woodchuck

    I think we just need to accept that movie remake are the norm now, and just like you might have many different adaptations of the same book or story, we’re going to have many different adaptations of older movies now. Most will suck but that doesn’t mean some won’t be good

  • Primeus

    The remake was almost a shot for shot imitation of the original. I would say that The Omen remake was one of the few remakes that actually didn’t try to break new ground but tried to merely update the appearance of the original movie for a more modern crowd.

    The major problem with the remake was Damien. In the original film Damien didn’t know he was the son of the devil. he was a little boy, and his innocence is what made him frightening.

    In the remake the boy seem to know he was the Anti-Christ, and he tried way to hard with facial expressions to be scary, and it didn’t work. He came off as lame…

  • Evan3

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… PLEASE STOP MESSING WITH THIS! The Omen is my favorite horror film of all time, and it just crushes me every time they tarnish its reputation.

  • Evan3

    WHY does Michael Bay INSIST on ruining all happiness in my life.

  • James Allard

    The original was directed by and starred blah-de-blah who the fuck CARES when this (THIS!!! and By Satan It Was Warranted!!) FINALLY got Jerry Goldsmith the Oscar he deserved so many, many times…. IF they promised to use that soundtrack (bring in Goblin) then I would be first in line.

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