Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara Developing New TV Series Based on ‘The Omen’

By May 19, 2014

Remember this little terror?

When we first laid eyes on Damien Thorn in the 1976 horror classic The Omen, we shuddered in pure horror and disbelief at the pure evil hidden in a (somewhat) adorable child. But that didn’t stop him from spawning two follow-up films, a TV movie (in which the evil transfers to a young girl), and a lukewarm remake in 2006.

And now, his story will be told once again, this time as a series for Lifetime – which is a bit odd since that channel is mostly filled with “I Killed My Husband, His Lover and Their Pet”-type films. But in the hands of Glen Mazzara, the former showrunner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” we could be looking at something kinda fun!

According to THR, Mazzara is currently developing “Damien,” which will see Damien as an “adult facing his true destiny as the Antichrist” and serve as a follow-up to the original 1976 film. That movie starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain Robert Thorn and his wife Katherine (respectively), as they adopted a mystery baby whose mother died during childbirth (at the same exact time of their own child emerged stillborn) and Thorn suspecting and then discovering that his son Damien is indeed the Antichrist.


Sounds fun but my question – and one I’m sure anyone else has who’s actually seen ALL the films – is this: wasn’t this already covered in 1981’s The Final Conflict, in which the adult Damien (played by Jurassic Park‘s Sam Neill, above) becomes appointed U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (much like his adopted father from the first film) while trying to deter the Second Coming of Christ by killing the Christ Child in a very King Herod-like way?

Knowing Mazzara’s extensive background with “The Walking Dead” and considering I enjoyed his other film-to-TV adaptation of Paul Haggis’ Oscar-winning Crash for the Starz channel, I’m gonna go into this hesitant but still willing to check out his wares. Either way, I’m more into this than NBC’s miniseries adaptation of Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic Rosemary’s Baby. (Side note: Mazzara is also writing a screenplay called Overlook Hotel that serves as a prequel to The Shining, so he’s apparently pretty comfortable in this genre.)

But enough about what I think, I want to know what YOU think!

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Cricket Lee
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