Just as it takes a muscle to fall in love, it also takes a skilled hand to reinvent a franchise. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is in talks with “Simon Killer” director Antonio Campos to bring “The Omen” back from franchise hell in a new prequel tentatively titled “The First Omen.” The series focuses on Damien, a young child who may or may not be the Antichrist.
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While the 1976 original directed by Richard Donner is considered a horror classic of the horror genre, “The Omen’s” many sequels have been seen as disappointments. The most recent silver-screen installment was a remake starring Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Mia Farrow that came out on June 6, 2006 (get it?). Ben Jacoby penned the script for this new prequel.
Campos recently premiered “Christine” at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. The film, starring Rebecca Hall in the title role, tells of a reporter who took her own life on the air in 1974 — the same incident that inspired Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine,” a chimeric documentary that also debuted in Park City. Campos’ take on the material will be released by The Orchard this fall, presumably with an awards push for Hall.
For more, watch the trailer for “Damien,” A&E’s “Omen” miniseries: