It seems like the horror genre is picking up lately. The number of horror films being released looks to be about the same as always, but the television airwaves are seeing a marked influx of old horror properties being adapted and adopted to a new, small screen-based audience. We have The Walking Dead, Hannibal, Bates Motel and even Rosemary’s Baby already converted to television format. So what’s next? Why, the story of Satan’s child, of course! Brace yourselves, for The Omen is coming.
The thing that makes this arrival even more interesting is the name behind it. Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is the man with the plan. He will be both writing and acting as executive producer for the show.
The new show won’t be called The Omen, of course, since that name was already used by the old movie franchise. Now it shall be known as Damien. It shall also avoid going into detail about the events occurring during the movies, instead picking up later in the titular Damien’s life. Viewers will get a chance to see the main character as he comes to terms with the fact that he’s the Antichrist. We can likely expect some gruesome deaths and other horrible shit to go down.
Actually, all that horror and gore may not happen. For Damien has been picked up by the Lifetime channel. They’re not exactly known for their horror-heavy viewing schedule. Whether they allow Mazzara to run wild with the show or rein him in remains to be seen.
Personally, I think this sounds like the perfect sort of property to be converted to television. We’ve all had the chance to witness the journeys of both heroes and villains alike. But a look into the mind of a person that finds out he’s the fkn Antichrist? How do you even deal with something like that? Hopefully, Mazzara and company will find a way that is both compelling and complex.
What say the Nerd Readers? Would you watch a television show about the Antichrist? Do you think Mazzara is the right man for the job? Or should The Omen be allowed to rest in peace?