20th Century Studios today released a first look at its upcoming psychological thriller The First Omen. The film, which is a prequel to the classic horror film franchise, will open in theaters on April 5, 2024.
In the film, when a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.
The 20th Century Studios release is directed by Arkasha Stevenson, based on characters created by David Seltzer (The Omen), with a story by Ben Jacoby (Bleed) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (Firestarter).
The horror film franchise, which kicked off with director Richard Donner’s The Omen in 1976, centers on Damien Thorn, a child born of Satan and given to Robert and Katherine Thorn.
The original film was followed by Damien: Omen II in 1978 and Omen III: The Final Conflict in 1981. Ten years later, in 1991, Omen IV: The Awakening was released. While the latter debuted in theaters in some countries, the movie premiered on television in North America.
John Moore also directed a remake of The Omen, which debuted in theaters in 2006. Although the $25 million movie was not a hit with critics, it managed to earn $119.9 million worldwide, with $54.6 million coming from domestic theaters and $65.3 million from international markets.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.