Released in 1976, horror classic The Omen went on to spawn three sequels and a remake, and currently airing on A&E is the sequel television series Damien. The series, wrapping up soon, picks up years after the events of the original film, centered on a now-adult Damien, and the franchise will soon be expanded with yet another project. This time, the original is getting a prequel.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Antonio Campos is in negotiations to direct 20th Century Fox’s supernatural thriller The First Omen, with a script penned by Ben Jacoby. The film, being produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen and their Phantom Four banner, is described as a prequel to Richard Donner’s original, though no further information has been provided at this time.
- The Omen starred Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist. As THR notes, “it was one of the biggest hits of the year and considered one of the scariest movies 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.”
What would a prequel to The Omen entail? Since the original movie centers on parents who have just adopted the literal son of Satan, one would have to imagine that the prequel won’t actually have anything to do with Damien or the Thorn family. Or maybe it’ll tell the story of Damien’s birth? Perhaps we’ll meet Damien’s true father: Satan himself? For now, we can only speculate.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.