Cable TV network Lifetime have a reputation for leaning a little more towards female-interest programming, but their latest move might be a little outside the stereotypes, as they order a direct-to-series new show described as a ‘drama thriller’.
The format, known as Damien, is based upon 20th Century Fox’s classic horror movie The Omen, and just to drill the out-of-the-ordinary point home, the project is being managed by Glen Mazzara, formerly a showrunner for AMC zombie drama series The Walking Dead.
Mazzara is credited as being the writer and executive producer for the new series, where he will be working with Pancho Mansfield and Rose Fineman. The order is currently for a 6-episode first-season with no pilot, part of a deal that the producer has with Fox Television Studios.
It is understood that the format of the show will work as a sequel of sorts to the 1976 film, as ‘mysterious child’ Damien Thorn lives his adult life and faces his destiny of being the antichrist.
Lifetime’s ‘executive vice-president & general manager’ Rob Sharenow stated: “We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen’s Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original.”
Set to premiere on the network in early 2015, will Lifetime’s commission of Damien put them on the TV map where the horror genre is concerned? A 70′s-style warm-up for what might be expected can be seen below: