The signs look good for the long-gestating prequel to The Omen.
Plans were afoot back in 2016–as reported here in Horror News Network–for The First Omen with Antonio Campos directing a screenplay by Ben Jacoby, but Deadline this week reports those plans have changed.
The 20th Century Studios project has inked Arkasha Stevenson (an episodic director for Legion and Briarpatch) to helm the prequel and co-write the screenplay with frequent collaborator Tim Smith, who will also serve as executive producer.
There has been no word at this time concerning plot details or casting choices for The First Omen, so stay tuned for those inevitable updates.
The original 1976 The Omen–directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by David Seltzer–stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner. The storyline follows Damien Thorn, a young child replaced at birth by his father after his biological child dies shortly after birth. When Damien enters childhood, his parents come to learn he is the prophesied Antichrist.
The Omen gave birth to three sequels–1978’s Damien: Omen II, 1981’s Omen III: The Final Conflict and 1991’s Omen IV: The Awakening–as well as a 2006 reboot starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on The First Omen.