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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Developing ‘The Omen’


Photo credit:  20th Century Fox

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

People who criticize Hollywood for not having any original ideas will have more ammunition very soon. Glen Mazzara, the former showrunner of the blockbuster hit “The Walking Dead” on AMC, is going to be writing a series titled “Damien” that is based on the classic horror film “The Omen” from 1976.

Mazzara started as an executive story editor for the FX police drama “The Shield” during its first season in 2002. He quickly moved up the ranks, earning promotions in each successive season, until he was eventually named executive producer during the fifth season. He eventually left the hit series in the middle of the sixth season.

Replacing Frank Darabout as the showrunner for “The Walking Dead” during the show’s second season, Mazzara was at the helm when the show began to set cable ratings records. He later left the show after the third season.

Mazzara will be returning to familiar surroundings. Fox Television Studios, where he was employed during his “Shield” days, will also be in charge of the “Damien” production. “The Omen” starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a couple who had a son die during birth. Therefore, they want to adopt an orphan. Unfortunately for them, the child they adopt turns out to be the Antichrist by the name of Damien. Two other theatrical sequels were made, but neither came close to matching the success of the original.

The show is seen by many industry experts as an attempt to cash in on the success of other current successful shows that are based on horror movies. Both “Bates Motel” and “Hannibal” have an outstanding horror pedigree and brand recognition, something that is important when a network is trying to get a new series off the ground. It is interesting to note that the series will air on Lifetime, a network that is known for making movies for a predominantly female audience. However, Lifetime has been making an effort to branch out and produce some edgier content to attract a wider audience. Season two of “Witches of East End” will premiere in July. No air date for “Damien” has been released yet.