Twentieth Century Fox is actively making The Omen prequel, a long overdue project. The news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter with very little information regarding the plot, except that the storyline will exclude Damien. This is to be expected and logic would dictate that the storyline somehow lead back to the nemesis of Christ. A backstory that gives us more insight on the evil that is orchestrating the Apocalypse would be a welcome addition to the franchise, but the question is, will audiences embrace a new antichrist and a less conventional storyline?
The prequel, titled The First Omen, is in the planning stages and 20th Century Fox is courting Antonio Campos, an indie director whose most recent work, Christine, was shown at Sundance. He also produced Martha Marcy May Marlene and directed Simon Killer.
The original film was directed by Richard Donner, who also directed all of the Lethal Weapon films, Ladyhawke, 16 Blocks, and The Goonies, and decades later, the supernatural thriller is still considered one of the best horror films ever made. Other titles in the series include Damien: Omen II, Omen III: The Final Conflict, Omen IV: The Awakening, and The Omen (2006). There were two television series; The Omen (1995) and Damien (2016) which is produced by Glen Mazzara of Walking Dead and The Shield fame.
The idea that a completely different story will be told without Damien as the central character is both terrifying and exciting. There are so many directions the storyline could go in that the possibilities are endless. Perhaps the decision to create a prequel comes from the failures of the 2006 remake and Damien series to mesmerize audiences.
There is no release date as of yet, because the project is still coming together, but with the assistance of writer Ben Jacoby, The Omen prequel might be what 20th Century Fox needs to reignite some interest in the story again. Check back for more news about when The First Omen will be coming to theaters.
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