Horror prequels seem to be the new trend right now. Orphan just recently got a prequel and it seems that 20th Century is interested in attempting something similar with The Omen. Deadline has just reported that Apple TV+’s breakout star Nell Tiger Free has joined the upcoming prequel, set to be titled First Omen, in a leading role. The actress has just made her mark with her work on Servant and is joining Arkasha Stevenson‘s feature directing debut. Tim Smith will rewrite the project together with Stevenson.
David S. Goyer and Keith Levine are producing under their production label Phantom Four with Gracie Wheelan overseeing the project. It’ll act as a prequel to the 1976 classic, which made $60M domestically and followed the story of an American ambassador that believed his 5-year-old child is the Antichrist.
There are no details on exactly how they’ll tackle this project but it does seem likely that they’ll follow another family facing a similar challenge. Perhaps they’ll take a different direction and potentially explore how the Antichrist was brought into the world. Some cult exploration could make for a fun storyline and make it stand out from the story it’s leading into, but there’s a chance it may simply take the classic and repeat the storyline with a new family.