Horror fans prepare yourselves – The Omen‘s tie-in television show Damien is right around the corner (and quite possibly lurking in your closet). The upcoming A&E drama series will follow the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James) – the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture – as he discovers his origins and embraces his life as the Anti-Christ.
The ‘All For You’ teaser trailer, released last year, focused on setting a mood rather than telling a story, whereas the recent full-length trailer served as a means of sharing the premise of the show with prospective audiences by delving further into the events that shaped the featured protagonist in the past. To further amp up the anticipation, A&E have since released another short trailer to promote the small-screen premiere on March 7, 2016.
The ‘End of Days’ trailer features a voiceover from the leading character, Damien, as he proclaims that he has always felt the presence of a “dark cloud” hanging over him. The genre conventions are all present and correct as the promotional clip displays flashes of religious iconography, low-key lighting and – the classic – a mud-splattered head of a plastic doll. Sam Anderson’s recital of the ‘number of the beast’ is the final ingredient in this nightmarish recipe for an evening hiding behind a cushion from the box in the corner.
You can check out the poster for the Damien TV show, below:
It remains to be seen whether A&E’s original series based on the iconic film property will be a success with audiences, especially since previous attempts of revisiting the classic story have been somewhat hit and miss. Following the original movie release in 1976, two sequels Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict were considered minor hits, despite facing some ridicule from critics. The series then returned via a regrettable (and instantly forgettable) made-for-TV movie entitled Omen IV: The Awakening in 1991. Understandably, The Omen then laid dorment until 2006 with – an almost shot for shot – remake of the original, which turned a good profit but suffered from ‘style-over-substance’ syndrome.
On the other hand, the trend of adapting movies into television series is particularly prevalent right now – with the likes of Bates Motel, Teen Wolf and Hannibal all having signed on for multiple seasons – meaning that there could well be a valuable place for Damien in amongst the pack. In fact, the project could even turn out to be quite lucrative considering that one of The Waking Dead‘s (arguably most successful) producers, Glen Mazzara, is leading the way.
The series premiere of Damien will air on March 7th, 2016 at 10pm on A&E.