Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Developing ‘Omen’ TV Series

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Though Glen Mazzara (The Shield) hasn’t predominantly worked within the horror genre, he does have some experience: he took over as showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead from creator Frank Darabout in the middle of the zombie drama’s second season and led the series to then-record ratings. Mazzara executive produced the series until the end of season 3 when he split from the show.

Now Mazzara is returning to Fox Television Studios – where he worked on The Shield – to pen a television series based on the 1976 horror film The Omen, titled Damien.

According to THR, Mazzara will write the script for Damien, which will air on Lifetime. The Omen, written by David Seltzer (My Giant) and directed by Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon), followed a couple – played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick – whose son died during birth, prompting them to adopt an orphan. Later, they learned that the child, Damien, was the Antichrist. The Omen has since spawned two theatrical sequels, two TV movie continuations, a 2005 miniseries adaptation, and a 2006 remake, most of which were written by Seltzer.

Though there have been some less-than-successful sequels and adaptations of The Omen, Mazzara has experience in bringing movies to the silver screen. In 2008, Mazzara created a TV series for Starz based on the Oscar-winning film Crash.

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And of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen an old scary movie turned into a TV show. Of late, there’s been the Psycho prequel Bates Motel, the Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal, and a miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby, the first two of which have been rather successful.

Damien will be Mazzara’s first return to television since his stint on The Walking Dead, but given his experience with horror and adapting movies for television he seems to be well prepared for the job. What’s most interesting about Damien is the network on which it will be airing since Lifetime is known for creating typically female-geared dramas.

However, Lifetime is testing the waters in genre TV with Witches of East End – season 2 will debut in July – and upcoming dystopian drama, The Lottery. The network has also seen success with its dark family-centric TV movies such as Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and The Flowers in the Attic, the latter of which is getting a sequel – Petals in the Wind. Alongside these darker supernatural dramas, perhaps Damien won’t feel so out of place.

What do you think of The Omen coming to television? Let us know in the comments.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information on Damien.

Source: THR

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  1. Uh, do we really need yet another “possessed child” movie or show, or “Anti-Christ is here” type of flick or series? Seems like a bit of overkill in a viewing medium awash in this kind of stuff. I like a good horror series or flick as well as the next guy, but there is so much other better material in book form begging for a series or movie, that this rehash just does not spark much more than doubt for me. Not that I like to be a naysayer or killjoy, but….!

  2. It’s a shame they don’t make an anthology series based on The Cthulhu Mythos (Pickman’s Model would be a cool opening episode) or something like that.

    I am, of course, waiting for the news that someone in TV Land has greenlit a TV show called Jack Torrance, with Patrick Wilson spending 13 hours Nicholsoning until the show gets cancelled before he decides to go write his book in the hotel.

    • I just recently watched season 2 of ‘The Night Gallery’ on DVD . . . Rod Serling did Pickman’s Model for one of those episodes.

  3. All i know is they better start the show with the soundtrack from the original omen . That music is haunting and still chills me to the soul 30 + plus years later .

  4. This is not for you Damian.

  5. Meh, even though it could result in something that could bring in some good horror moments, it’s also on Lifetime so chances are it probably will be toned down and not done effectively.

  6. How many times can you tell the same story before no one cares? I think this many.

    • Who cares about the story? It’s got names I recognize.

  7. On Lifetime…really. Can’t imagine it would be too cutting edge. Does Damien’s mother cry a lot, and hit the bottle? Is his father physically abusive? I’ll pass.

    • It’s a bit unfair to declare it a write-off due to the network it airs on.

      Most people here know the BBC as being a right-on corporation who lean to the right politically and tend to throw in all kinds of politically correct stereotypes in order to appeal to everybody while being criticised for it due to dumbing down content and appearing to mollycoddle the viewers.

      But then they had Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, both shows based around a sexist, violent, insulting detective named DCI Gene Hunt who beat confessions out of suspects and called his female partner “Bollyknickers” as an insult due to her gender in ATA.

  8. The darkness will rise and the rising will darken.

  9. While it is great that they have a steady hand taking lead on this new show, the biggest piece is Damian. If they choose to spend time with him as a child then the role is going to require a kid with some acting range not seen in the films.

  10. Is this financed by a hidden catholic “something” or what?
    Enough already with those anti-christ movies and television series. We get it. The End is near.

    • How many anti-christ movies are here right now? Rosemary’s Baby, a re-make and this, a re-make. Maybe the number of tv stations has something to do with it. Of course I guess it could be a secret Catholic plot as you say, could you elaborate?