It’s been frightening fans for over 40 years now and will continue to do so in a TV spin-off series pretty soon, but it has recently revealed that a prequel story for ‘The Omen’ is in the works.
According to a report found at Hollywood Reporter Antonio Campos the indie film maker behind the Sundance movie ‘Christine’ is in negotiations to helm the supernatural thriller.
The film will be titled ‘The First Omen’ and it is being produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen and their Phantom Four banner.
The original movie starred Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist.
The film was directed by Richard Donner who would go on to direct ‘Superman’ and the much loved ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies. ‘The Omen’ when it was released was one of the biggest films of 1976 and was widely considered to be one of the most frightening films of the decade. It introduced Damien, the name of the son, into the pop culture lexicon, and preyed on fears of baby swapping and evil nannies.
‘The Omen’ spawned two sequels and a series of novels. A remake of the original film was made in 2006, but didn’t really do the franchise any favours. Fox is currently airing a TV version of ‘The Omen’ titled ‘Damien,’ helmed by ‘The Walking Dead‘s’ Glen Mazzara.
Ben Jacoby wrote the script for ‘The First Omen’