We learned last year that The Omen is the next horror film to make the leap to the small screen, getting the sequel treatment in the form of TV series Damien. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the project but today we’ve got an update, so read on for the latest.
Deadline reports that the straight-to-series drama will be airing on A&E, which is interesting to note because it was originally being developed for Lifetime. This has to be considered good news by all, as Lifetime isn’t exactly a network known for excellence in horror.
Now that it’s found a new home at A&E, the same network Bates Motel airs on, Damien has also grown bigger than originally planned. Last we heard, six episodes would comprise the show’s first season, a number that has just been bumped up to ten.
Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James – above), the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
“A&E’s unwavering commitment to high quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan-base for our hit series ‘Bates Motel,’ which so perfectly aligns with ‘Damien,’ make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP and general manager of A&E.
Damien 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.