Two years ago, A&E’s gave a straight-to-series order to Bates Motel, which tracks the origin story of how Norman Bates got to become one of horror movies’ best known villains. Now A&E sibling Lifetime is using the same strategy with a straight-to-series pickup of Damien, a sequel drama about what became of the evil child in another classic horror movie, the 1976 The Omen. (watch below a trailer for the movie written by David Seltzer, directed by Richard Donner and starring Gregory Peck). Written by former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, Damien has received a six-episode order for an early 2015 premiere. It is produced by Fox TV Studios, whose sibling Twentieth Century Fox produced the movie and where Mazzara is under an overall deal. The thriller series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 feature who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages. “Glen Mazzara has re-imagined Damien as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime EVP Rob Sharenow. Lifetime already has a genre series on the air with Witches of East End. Still, with its male protagonist and dark themes, Damien represents a departure for the female-skewing network. The network is yet to make renewal decisions with both of its summer series, The Lottery and Devious Maids, on the bubble. Mazzara executive produces Damien through his 44 Strong Prods. alongside Ross Fineman of Fineman Entertainment, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, and Pancho Mansfield.
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