Disney’s 20th Century Studios arm is set to revisit The Omen legacy with an all-new prequel titled The First Omen, which will presumably explore events prior to Richard Donner’s seminal 1976 classic The Omen

The Omen traumatised moviegoers upon its release and was part of a greater movement of ‘evil children’ films spearheaded by The Exorcist (1973) and lesser imitators like Beyond the Door (1974).

Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and David Warner, the film was a masterful gothic chiller about an orphan named Damien, who also happened to be the son of Satan. With his foster father (Peck) being an American diplomat, the dark lord’s road to unthinkable power was founded in Donner’s incredible first instalment and further charted across two sequels.

Damien: Omen II (1978) followed the evil offspring through his teenage years before The Final Conflict (1981) chronicled his rise to power as a maniacal politician on the cusp of global leadership. It remains a profound and uncompromising trilogy unto its own, regardless of the inferior fourth instalment Omen IV: The Awakening (1991), which sought to reboot the franchise with a new female character, only for the series to remain dormant until the better than average 2006 remake.

Damien: Omen II

In news first reported by Deadline, the announcement of The First Omen comes as no surprise given the current trend of Hollywood prequels, remakes and reboots. However, it does boast some impressive talent, including television director Arkasha Stevenson (Channel Zero) making her directorial debut, and her creative partner Tim Smith (Brand New Cherry Flavour). There’s no word yet on plot details, or whether Stevenson and Smith will be adapting a previously written script or developing the story from scratch.

It isn’t the first attempt to create a prequel, with cinema heavyweights such as David S Goyer (The Dark Knight), Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring 1 & 2) and Antonio Campos (The Sinner) having already attempted to make it work in 2016.

Whether or not The First Omen will be the stuff of box office gold or simply relegated to a streaming service release remains to be seen, but for fans of the classic original trilogy, news of this project is certain to pique their interest.

The Omen at JB Hi-Fi