‘Omen’ series ‘Damien’ next for ‘Walking Dead’ veteran Glen Mazzara

Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.
Glen Mazzara photographed in May, 2012. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Glen Mazzara, shown in May 2012, is the former showrunner of “Walking Dead.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Glen Mazzara is resurrecting the Antichrist for Lifetime.

The former showrunner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is masterminding a new series, “Damien,” which will draw inspiration from director Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic “The Omen.”

The new six-episode series will chronicle the adult life of Damien Thorn, a character introduced to moviegoers in Donner’s film as a young boy adopted by a politically powerful couple — played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. After Damien’s presence appears to set off a series of unexplainable events, the couple slowly begin to suspect that there is something deeply sinister about their child.

In Mazzara’s show, Damien has been raised without knowledge about his true identity, and he must grapple with his destiny as a catalyst for the apocalypse.

Mazzara will write and executive produce “Damien,” which is set to debut on Lifetime in 2015.

A television veteran whose credits also include “The Shield,” Mazzara most recently oversaw production on “The Walking Dead,” taking the reins after the show’s creator, Frank Darabont, unexpectedly left the hit series over a dispute with AMC in 2011.

Mazzara guided the show to record-breaking ratings, but he also left “The Walking Dead,” stepping down after the zombie drama’s third season.

A statement released by AMC at the time said that there was “a difference of opinion about where the show should go” and had concluded that it would be best to part ways.

“The Omen” isn’t the only horror favorite that Mazzara is revisiting these days — he’s also set to write a prequel to “The Shining” titled “The Overlook Hotel.”

– Gina McIntyre

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