The Omen gets a sequel TV series

News Rob Leane 26 Aug 2014 - 07:17

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.

Perhaps inspired by the success of Bates Motel, Lifetime have ordered a full series of the horror spin-off, which will focus on the fate of the evil child in Richard Donner’s 1976 horror 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 and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Rob Sharenow of Lifetime.

Count us in. But with adaptations for Scream, Minority Report, Westworld, The Devil’s Advocate, Shutter Island and now The Omen on the way, we expect there might not be enough hours in the average week to watch all the new telly we’re signing up for.

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