Antonio Campos wowed audiences and critics at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the gripping biographical drama Christine, and EW can confirm the director may have already found his next project: a 20th Century Fox prequel to the 1976 horror classic The Omen.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Thursday that the indie helmer was in talks to craft a narrative revolving around the events preceding the Richard Donner original. Donner’s film stars Gregory Peck as an American ambassador who, at the request of a priest, adopts an orphan child, Damien, who turns out to be the Antichrist.
The Omen was previously remade nearly a decade ago by John Moore (Max Payne, Flight of the Phoenix) with stars Julia Stiles and Liev Schreiber. Developed by The Walking Dead‘s Glen Mazzara, A&E premiered an episodic TV adaptation of The Omen, titled Damien, in March.
In addition to Christine, which tells the story of news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who famously committed suicide on-air in 1974, Campos’ previous credits include producing the 2011 psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene and the 2015 drama James White. Prior to Christine, which distributor The Orchard will release domestically, Campos directed the 2012 feature Simon Killer.
No further details on the planned prequel to The Omen have been released.