Glen Mazzara

Ex-Walking Dead producer develops new horror remake

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

Former Walking Dead producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara is staying in the horror genre for his next project, but this time he's looking backward to a past classic.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mazzara -- who ran The Walking Dead for the better part of seasons two and three -- is developing a sequel to the iconic 1976 horror film The Omen for Lifetime. Called Damien, the story centers around the title character, now an adult, as he faces a series of eerie events that force him to confront his destiny as the Antichrist.

OK, there are a few things to puzzle over here: First of all, Damien came to terms with the whole "son of Satan" thing in the 1978 sequel Damien: Omen II, and by the time he grew into adulthood in 1981's The Final Conflict (in which Sam Neill played him), he was quite comfortable with being tasked to bring about Armageddon. So the question is: Is this some sort of reboot, or a semi-sequel to the horrifically bad 2006 remake?

The other thing to note is: Lifetime? Apparently the famously female-centric network is getting into more genre entertainment lately, and The Omen is part of a bid to expand its audience. But will Lifetime give us anything close to the classic decapitation scene in the original film, or the doctor who gets sliced in half by an elevator cable in the sequel?

Look, the original movie is one of the great horror films of the '70s, and Damien: Omen II is a lot of fun, too, mainly because it doubles down on the amounts of insanely creative death scenes. But The Final Conflict was a bore, the remake and a couple of half-hearted TV movies are nearly unwatchable, and I can't see what this new version might offer.

Mazzara is also writing a prequel to The Shining called Overlook Hotel -- a horrendous idea no matter how you look at it -- but I guess I can't fault the guy for wanting to make a living.

What do you think of the idea of a new Omen followup?