The First Omen, a prequel to the 1976 horror classic about the rise of the Antichrist, will be released in 2024 by 20th Century Studios. After the head-shakingly awful Exorcist: Believer cash grab it’s a wonder that anyone might be interested in The Omen franchise being resurrected. But it has been! The first look image is below.
Director Arkasha Stevenson (Legion; Briarpatch) has made her feature film debut at the helm working from a screenplay co-written with Tim Smith and Keith Thomas based on a story by Timothy Visentin. The movie was produced by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine and executive produced by Whitney Brown and Cristina Giubbetti.
The movie stars Nell Tiger Free (Settlers; Game of Thrones), Ralph Ineson (Lords of Misrule; The Pope’s Exorcist; The Northman; The Green Knight; Brahms: The Boy II; The Witch 2015), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; The Limehouse Golem; I, Frankenstein; Shaun of the Dead; The Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture), Sonia Braga, Tawfeek Barhom, Andrea Arcangeli, Anton Alexander, Ishtar Currie-Wilson, Maria Caballero, Mia McGovern Zaini and Sylvia Panacione.
When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate…
The original Omen horror classic took $60,922,980 at the US domestic box office (worldwide figures are not available, alas) and spawned sequels Damien: Omen II (1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981) and TV movie Omen IV: The Awakening (1991). In 2006, a seemingly pointless carbon copy remake of the 1976 film starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Mia Farrow. However, it grossed $119,974,972 worldwide on a reported budget of $25 million so maybe it wasn’t pointless for the producers.
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