LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to "Damien," a thriller from Glen Mazzara based on the 1976 horror pic "The Omen."
The cabler has ordered six episodes from Fox Television Studios targeted to air early next year. Mazzara, the drama vet and former "Walking Dead" showrunner, Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield are exec producers.
Fineman developed the concept with Mazzara. Series picks up from the movie's storyline by focusing on the adult life of Damien Thorn as he realizes he is the Antichrist.
"Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original," said Lifetime exec VP and g.m. Rob Sharenow.
Lifetime's order for "The Omen" is the latest example of studios mining feature film IP for fresh TV projects. Nancy Cotton, senior veep of programming for Fox TV Studios, called "Omen" a "jewel in the crown of the Fox features library."
The original pic, directed by Richard Donner, starred Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens. It spawned three sequels and a 2006 remake of the original starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles.