As we learned back in May, Lifetime is getting in on the horror TV craze by turning The Omen into a series, which will serve as a sequel to the 1976 film. As production gets set to begin, the network has just chosen their Damien Thorn, who will be a tad bit older than he was in the original film.
Deadline reports tonight that Merlin star Bradley James (above) has been cast in the role, making him the fifth actor to portray the devil’s favorite son. It was young Harvey Spencer Stephens who originated the role, with Jonathan Scott-Taylor and Sam Neill taking over in the subsequent sequels, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick coming on board for the remake.
Produced by Fox TV Studios, the six-episode series, titled Damien, follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Damien, slated to premiere in 2015, is written and executive produced by former Walking Dead show-runner Glen Mazzara, via his 44 Strong Productions. Shekar Kapur will direct the first episode.
It’s interesting to note that another big screen remake of The Omen is apparently also in the works, being developed by Fox and Platinum Dunes. Though it’s been several months since we’ve heard anything about the project, so it’s possible that it’s dead in the water.