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[TV] “Damien” is a Lifetime Followup to ‘The Omen’

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

Former “The Walking Dead” showrunner, Glen Mazzara, is developing a follow-up to the 1976 horror classic The Omen for Lifetime, reports THR.

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.

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, Damien (played by Harvey Spencer Stephens), is the Antichrist.

Mazzara (“The Shield”) will pen the script and executive produce via his 44 Strong Productions banner. The sale marks Mazzara’s first via his overall deal with Fox Television Studios. Ross Fineman (“Lights Out”) will also executive produce via his FTVS-based Fineman Entertainment.

On the big-screen, Mazzara is writing “Overlook Hotel,” a prequel to Stephen King’s horror classic, “The Shining.”

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  • Jason Bartlett

    Sounds dumb.

  • http://lefthandhorror.com/ Nate Reynolds

    Dear God…

  • Jim

    I got excited when I saw “Damien”, then almost sharted from laughter when I saw lifetime attached.

  • http://www.wineandwatch.com/ Wine and Watch

    Lifetime actually makes some pretty good TV. It’s soapy, for sure, but look at Bates Motel. That’s very soapy and people flock to it.

    • TheTwoJakes

      A&E has Bates Motel, but Salem is Lifetime….its not very good, but at least they are trying.

      • http://www.wineandwatch.com/ Wine and Watch

        Salem is WGN. Not Lifetime. Lifetime is shows like Drop Dead Diva and Devious Maids (which I watch both and they are total guilty pleasures but I love them). Lifetime has never had a horror-ish show. And sorry I wasn’t trying to say that Lifetime airs Bates Motel. I know it’s A&E I was just trying to compare the tone of Bates Motel with what the tone of this Omen show will probably by: over-the-top and soapy but endlessly entertaining.

        • LazerTron

          Didn’t Lifetime have a witch show…like Witches of East End or something? Meanwhile, women were busy watching American Horror Story and The Walking Dead because they don’t play “down” to women like most shows for women, they just do their thing and women enjoy it.

          • http://www.wineandwatch.com/ Wine and Watch

            Yeah they did. I think it did alright and is getting a second season. But Lifetime is in the middle of re-branding and not making it “TV for Women” anymore. They’re trying to be more inclusive.

  • horror2

    Are they making television shows out of every horror movie now? It used to be remakes and now it seems like TV is the new thing.

  • bdwolfe312

    Soooo… I guess we are just ignoring the (high quality, imho) “Damien: Omen II” and “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neil as adult Damien? This is total BS. Even worse than that remake or made-for-tv “Omen IV: The Awakening”…

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    Lifetime in association with Hallmark Presents:

    Born Again – The Damien Thorn Story.

    • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

      Hahaha! This comment cracked me up.

  • Evan3

    Ugh. Omen is my favorite horror film of all time. And now its on Lifetime. Not even the antichrist deserves that treatment.