Damien

Damien, the A&E series based on the film The Omen, premiered March 7. So with three episodes on the air, the cast and series creator Glen Mazzara, formerly of The Walking Dead, gave a panel at Wodercon. In a press room roundtable, Mazzara told reporters we’ve only seen the beginning of how dark Damien will get.

“The show’s going to get darker,” Mazzara said. “It gets really dark. We have some episodes coming up that really, I think, are going to push the limit. It’ll be interesting to see how people respond to it. I don’t think it ever gets gratuitous or anything but we go into some pretty dark territory. It’ll be interesting to see how the middle of the season plays because that stuff is really taking risks. The end of the season I think is just a freight train. It just races and I’m really, really proud of the finale. I think people will be pleased when they see how it all comes together and all the questions people have about Damien I think are going to be answered. I’m excited for people to see it.”  Read More »

damien trailer

A&E is really going all in on this “television shows based on iconic horror movies” thing. The network found tremendous success by modernizing Psycho with Bates Motel, which has already been renewed for a fifth season before the fourth season has even aired. Now, they’re turning their attention away from creepy young men with unhealthy maternal obsessions and toward creepy young men who just so happen to be the antichrist.

Hot on the heels of last month’s teaser, the first proper Damien trailer is here and this show isn’t being shy about being a direct sequel to Richard Donner’s The Omen. While the show certainly looks like its own unique entity, there is enough footage from the original 1976 film included here to create a strong connection. For better or worse, Damien is continuing the most common trend of the past year: sequels that reboot their franchises while keeping those emotional strings attached.

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Damien TV Series Wants Us On Damien’s Side

Damien tv series

Today A&E presented a panel on their Damien TV series for the Television Critics Association. The show is a sequel to the 1976 film The Omen, but ignores the sequels which feature antichrist Damien Thorn as a teenager and later an adult politician. The show picks up with 30-year-old Damien (Bradley James) confronted with another woman shouting, “Damien, it’s all for you!” This time, he is a war photographer, making the random confrontation as disconcerting as the original announcement at his fifth birthday party.

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shining prequel

When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.

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Damien teaser trailer

After successfully bringing the formative years of Psycho killer Norman Bates to the small screen with Bates Motel, A&E is bringing another iconic horror character to television.

Damien is a series adaptation and continuation of the 1976 horror classic The Omen. The series hails from former The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara and picks up 25 years after the original film, when the Antichrist child known as Damien is all grown up. If you’re curious as to how this series adaptation might turn out, a quick teaser trailer has just surfaced online.

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Damien teaser

Originally developed for Lifetime and now set to air on A&E alongside Bates Motel, the show Damien — a TV version of The Omen that acts as a direct sequel to the original 1976 film — is coming in 2016. The first Damien teaser is here, and it is a kaleidoscope of intimidating imagery and incredible cheekbones.

The cheekbones in question belong to Bradley James (formerly Arthur on Merlin, from the BBC) plays the adult Damien in a ten-episode series written and exec produced by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). Check out the promo below. Read More »

The Omen TV series

Damien Thorn is being reborn yet again, this time as the lead of his own TV series. Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to Damien, a follow-up of the 1976 classic horror The Omen. Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) conceived the project. Hit the jump for more details on Lifetime’s The Omen TV series.

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The Omen TV series

Following NBC’s Hannibal and Rosemary’s Baby and A&E’s Bates Motel, The Omen will become the latest horror classic to get adapted for the small screen. Titled Damien, the new drama will be a sequel of sorts to the 1976 film, picking up with the titular character as an adult.

The good news about the Omen TV series is that it’ll be steered by the capable hands of former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. The not-exactly-bad-but-kinda-puzzling news is that it’ll set up shop at Lifetime. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Shining Prequel Overlook Hotel

The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.

The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »

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