The big trend for the past several years within the horror genre has of course been the big screen remake, though it now seems that small screen spin-offs are taking over, and replacing the straight up remakes that most horror fans hate so passionately. Shows like Bates Motel, Hannibal, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and the recently aired mini-series Rosemary’s Baby have all re-imagined and expanded upon popular horror films, and next up on the chopping block is 1976’s The Omen, which is soon headed to the small screen.
Following three sequels, a failed attempt to turn the property into a TV series and a wholly unimpressive remake in 2006, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a made-for-TV spin-off titled Damien is currently in the works, being prepped to air on Lifetime. Yes, Lifetime.
While the Lifetime connection is the bad news, the good news is that former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has been hired to pen the script. Mazzara was on board the show during its second and third seasons, and helped propel it to then-record ratings.
Apparently serving as a sequel to the original film, which disregards the others, Damien centers on a full-grown Damien Thorn, who is haunted by his past. Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist.
You may remember that 1981’s Omen 3: The Final Conflict similarly focused on an adult Damien, played in the film by Sam Neill.
Though the fact that the movie is airing on Lifetime is definitely cause for concern, it must be noted that many networks are testing out edgier programming, and so I’m willing to bet that the film won’t be watered down the way you might be thinking. At least, I certainly hope not.
Personally, I’m all for the small screen remake trend, as I’d much rather see a popular film expanded upon with a TV series or TV movie, then simply be remade for the big screen. Considering The Omen already was remade, this was the natural direction for the franchise to take, and I think it’s pretty cool that we’re essentially getting a modern day sequel to the original film.
What say you? Comment below with your thoughts on The Omen‘s trip to the small screen!