Fox looking to scare us with an Omen movie prequel

It's all for you, Damien. We may have an Omen sequel tearing its way on our TV screens right now, but a movie prequel is also in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, indie filmmaker Antonio Campos (Christine) is in talks to helm The First Omen for 20th Century Fox. The new horror movie will take place before the 1976 Richard Donner film starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner. It even starred the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

Peck played the role of an American ambassador in England who discovers that his 5-year-old son is the Antichrist. Remick played his wife, and Warner was a photographer who sets out to help Peck’s character.

When The Omen was released 40 years ago, it was considered one of the scariest movies of its time. Three years before that, The Exorcist (1973) was scaring the living daylights out of moviegoers. Nowadays, The Omen would be considered tame compared to, say, Sinister, but it does boast quite a few scares that can still manage to make you jump out of your seat.

As for Damien, the young Antichrist himself, he would go on to feature in two Omen sequels and a 2006 remake (also at Fox) starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. The character is also currently featured in his own TV series on A&E. A sequel to The Omen (but not of the subsequent two movies), Damien stars Merlin and iZombie’s Bradley James in the title role.

With a screenplay by Ben Jacoby (Bleed, Borderland), The First Omen will be produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen and their Phantom Four banner. What do you think? Are you looking forward to an Omen prequel?

(via THR)

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