“King Arthur” Goes Evil
Bradley James, who plays King Arthur in the BBC series Merlin, will take on a far darker persona in Lifetime’s Damien, a series based on director Richard Donner’s 1970s horror classic The Omen.
James will become an adult version of Damien Thorne – the very creepy young boy in Donner’s original release – who learns he is the Anti-Christ.
The first episode of the series will be directed and executive produced by Indian filmmaker Shekar Kapur, the helmer of Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Damien, to premier next year, is written and executive produced by Glen Mazzara, who previously served as exec producer on The Walking Dead and The Shield, and Ross Fineman, who also developed the series. Also on board is exec producer Pancho Mansfeld.
Released in 1976, The Omen, based on David Seltzer’s novel of the same name, starred Gregory Peck as the US Ambassador to London and Lee Remick as his wife. Following a miscarriage, the couple adopt a young boy, who turns out to be the Anti-Christ. As his true identity becomes clearer and clearer, a number of people are killed in some very brutal “accidents.”
The film spawned two sequels and a TV movie. A vastly inferior remake, in which Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles played the roles originally portrayed by Peck and Remick, was released in 2006.