Fox Making First Major ‘Omen’ Casting Moves

It’s amazing how quick things progress sometimes in Hollywood. Movies like Freddy vs Jason generate $80 million domestically and a sequel can’t even get off the ground and yet a movie like The Omen has a cheesy 666 thrown in at the end and is flying into casting quicker than you can say Damien. Well today 20th Century Fox made its first casting announcements for The Omen 666, which hits theaters May 6th, 2006 (funny huh?). Read on for the goods…
Variety reports:

Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles are in negotiations to reprise the roles played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in Fox’s remake of 1976 horror classic “The Omen.”

Both thesps have been making headlines of late, thanks to playwright David Mamet. Schreiber recently won a Tony for his perf in Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which runs through Aug. 28. Stiles has the Mamet-scripted “Edmond,” opposite William H. Macy, in the can at First Independent Pictures.

Deals for the duo clear the way for an October start to lensing on the thriller.

Original pic was helmed by Richard Donner; remake has Fox-based director John Moore (“Flight of the Phoenix”) directing from a script by Dan McDermott, the scribe of “Selling Time,” a thriller set up at Fox-based Davis Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Schreiber makes his helming debut this year with his screen adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Everything Is Illuminated” at Warner Independent Pictures.

In an amusing marketing twist that’s likely to snare a few headlines, Fox has already skedded the pic’s opening for Tuesday, June 6, 2006, or 6/6/06.

Source: Variety