When I first heard that Damien was being developed into a television show I hesitated and cringed a little bit. The Omen is one hell of a movie directed by Richard Donner. It’s so good that it’s ranked number six on my top thirty horror movie countdown (#6 The Omen). Well that all changed when I heard the creative mind of Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead & The Shield) was taking the reins and in full control of this little hellion. Damien Thorn (Bradley James) is not so little anymore. In fact he is now all grown up and starting to figure out that he is the Anti-Christ.
If you have not seen the original movie from 1976 don’t worry. Within the first couple of episodes there are flashbacks to when Damien was a kid and the unusual accidents that seemed to happen around him. What I love about these flashbacks is that they use the real footage from the original movie starring Gregory Peck. This television show actually takes place some years later after the first movie and ignores the rest of the films in the series.
Damien Thorn is now thirty years old and is a photo journalist. Although he is older and more mature it seems that the accidents, or may I call them deaths, are still happening around him. Who also seems to be following Damien is Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey). She has been watching and protecting him since an early age. Ann is like a guardian angel but more sinister. This show is fairly new with only four episodes being aired so far. Still plenty of time left to get caught up and enjoy this trip into the darkness.
I was lucky enough, along with a few other writers, to join the cast at a press conference at WonderCon here in Los Angeles. In this roundtable interview session we got to hear what is in store for Damien and his close associates. I also ask Glen Mazzara if he is getting any negative feedback from the Catholic Church. His answer will surprise you. I hope you enjoy the interview. I know I did.
Break Down of the interviews
Scott Wilson (John Lyons) & Glen Mazzara (Creator)
Omid Abtahi (Amani Golkar) & Megalyn Echikunwoke (Simone Baptiste)
Bradley James (Damien Thorn) & Barbara Hershey (Ann Rutledge)
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