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May / 21 / 2016
Posted by Carola | under: 2016, bradley james, Damien, news

Via thehollywoodreporter.

It’s one and done for The Omen follow-up Damien. Cable network A&E has canceled the drama from former Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

“This hurts to say but #Damien will not be getting a second season. Thank you from all of us to our amazing fans,” Mazzara wrote on Twitter, thanking the cast, A&E and crew. “I really loved making #Damien. We all did. We just never got the numbers there. Gave i[t] our best shot.”

The drama was originally picked up straight-to-series with a six-episode order at Lifetime before moving to corporate sibling A&E, where it scored an additional four-episode pickup. The series explored a 30-year-old Damien (Bradley James, Homeland) who is haunted by his past and who now must come to terms with his true destiny: that he’s the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages. The series will fill in the gap of what happened to Damien for the past 25 years and see the character pulled in both directions as he vies to save the world and himself.

Mazzara penned the script and exec produced the series via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman (Lights Out) developed the project alongside Mazzara and also exec produced via Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield exec produces with Shekhar Kapur, the latter of whom directed the pilot.

Damien opened in March to 750,000 total viewers and wrapped its run May 9 with 405,000 tuning in. The drama becomes the latest one-and-done at A&E as the cable network struggles to find a scripted companion series to partner with long-running Psycho prequel Bates Motel. A&E previously paired drama Those Who Kill and The Returned with Bates, but both low-rated series were canceled after single seasons. A&E, meanwhile, is developing L.A. Riots drama The Infamous and is teaming with The Weinstein Co. on military drama series Six.

Damien becomes the latest film-to-TV take to be canceled as sometimes even intellectual property isn’t enough to cut through a crowded scripted landscape that features more than 400 original series. Fox this season canceled Minority Report and CBS lowered the ax on Rush Hour. Meanwhile, a new roster of big-screen remakes are due next season including Taken, Lethal Weapon and more.

Damien was also the first of multiple exorcism series in the works, with Cinemax already renewing the yet to premiere Outcast — based on the comic of the same name from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman — and Fox just picked up a reboot of The Exorcist.

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Oct / 21 / 2015
Posted by Carola | under: 2015, bradley james, news, projects, Underworld

Via EW

Selene’s return nears: The production of Underworld 5 began Monday in Prague.

The Czech capital will be the primary filming location over 10 weeks for Underworld: Next Generation, the latest film in the $500-million franchise. Film No. 5 welcomes back star Kate Beckinsale and Theo James, who first joined the series in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening.

A pair of Game of Thrones actors will star, too: Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), as recurring vampire leader Thomas, and James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly). The cast also boasts Tobias Manzies (Outlander), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, and Daisy Head.

Anne Foerster (Outlander, Criminal Minds) directs from Cory Goodman’s script. Underworld 5 is due in theaters Oct. 21, 2016.

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Sep / 10 / 2015
Posted by Carola | under: 2015, bradley james, news, projects, Underworld

Deadline brings word that “iZombie” and “Damien” star Bradley James (who plays the titular Antichrist in the upcoming A&E series) has joined the cast of Underworld 5 as the primary antagonist. James joins a cast that includes Kate Beckinsale and Theo James as Selene and David, in addition to “Outlander” star Tobias Menzies.

Anna Foerster, who previously directed Menzies in “Outlander,” will helm the feature film, making her the first female to direct an entry in the series.

The first Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003 and follows the adventures of Kate Beckinsale’s Selene, a vampire “Death Dealer” caught in the war between vampires and Lycans. It was followed by Underworld: Evolution in 2006, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009 and Underworld: Awakening in 2012. Combined, all four films in the franchise have grossed over $450 million at the global box office.

Underworld 5, scripted by Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter), aims to begin production this October in Prague with a release date recently set for October 21, 2016 (Source).

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May / 13 / 2015
Posted by Carola | under: 2015, interview, iZombie, news

Bradley James is having his American-TV-By-Way-Of-Canada Moment.

You can’t say that the British actor is poised on the brink of a breakout, because he spent five seasons as Prince-the-King Arthur on NBC and then Syfy’s “Merlin,” but this is a different sort of breakout that James is nearing.

On The CW’s “iZombie“, James has been turning heads as Lowell, a still-mostly-potential love interest for Rose McIver’s Liv. Like Liv, Lowell is an undead brain-eater, a character introduced only as a one-off but extended throughout the show’s spring run. While “iZombie” still has us suspecting that Rob Buckley’s Major is Liv’s long-term love, Lowell has been offering ample and increased complication.

It’s too early to know what the plan is for Lowell through the end of the first “iZombie” season and into the freshly ordered second, but James may have ample complications himself.

James went from the Vancouver set of “iZombie” to Toronto to star in “Damien,” the “Omen” sequel series that has had a Lowell-esque extension-of-fortune, going from a six-episode order on Lifetime to the vote of confidence of a 10-episode order on A&E.

It remains to be seen how one role will or won’t impact the other, but as Lowell is making Liv swoon on The CW, James is embodying the future Antichrist, a gig that apparently requires a lot of running.

Last week, on the heels of the “iZombie” renewal, I got on the phone with James to talk about the zombification process, Lowell’s possible ulterior motives and the need to resist the temptation to invent the brains your character might have eaten if that information isn’t in the script.

I asked James how Lowell might behave if he ate Damien Thorn’s brains and rather that going someplace dark, he spoke glowingly of Damien’s athletic prowess.

Good to know!

HitFix: First off, congratulations on the renewal which I assume in a non-spoilery way still applies to you?

Bradley James: Well I’m very excited about it. I have to say I’m very proud of the, let’s call a spade a spade, the main cast who do all the hard work essentially. And I got in touch with them straightaway to offer my congratulations because I think it’s much deserved. I certainly don’t think I can take any credits for that occurrence, but I’m very pleased that it’s happened.

HitFix: Now speaking about Lowell because he’s very fastidious about his appearance we don’t really see him looking like a zombie. But how do you kind of consciously keep in mind that there is that side to this character?

Bradley James: Well, Lowell is obviously a man who has a public appearance to keep up which, unlike any of the others zombies, he has a profile. And so there’s a bit more at stake there for him and therefore I think he’s much more aware of those aesthetic attributes, because he has to be, being somewhat in the public eye. So I think you really touched on that in your question. It’s he has much more of an awareness perhaps of the physical aesthetic of it.

HitFix: Do you think that there’s an aspect of overcompensating to him maybe?

Bradley James: You could say that with most people in the music world. They overcompensate with their fashion to such extremes, because they’re under such a spotlight. They have to produce some form of image for, you know, audiences, fans to lock onto. And so Lowell wouldn’t be the first person guilty of that.

HitFix: When you came on board Rose had already been doing this zombie thing for a while. Did you have any conversations with her about the rules that she gave herself and what she was doing that you wanted to sort of work into your performance?

Bradley James: Yes, I did actually. I’ve been asked a lot about “zombie mode.” That was the first thing that was written in the script very early on that “Lowell goes into zombie mode.” I thought, “Alright. Well, I better make sure that we’re on the same page as Rose here because if we’re both thinking completely different things…” obviously I hadn’t seen the show before that so I didn’t have anything to reference. So yeah, Rose, apart from being terrific to work with is very generous in her approach and just made my life much easier both on set and off set because off set preparing for the role and and then once we got on-set as well.
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May / 6 / 2015
Posted by Carola | under: 2015, bradley james, Damien, news

Damien, the upcoming Omen TV series from The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, is making a switch.

Originally developed for Lifetime, where it received a straight-to-series order, Damien is changing networks. As a modern continuation of the classic horror film The Omen — starring Merlin’s Bradley James as an adult Damien Thorn unaware of the satanic forces around him — Damien will now air on sister-network A&E. And with four episodes added to the series order, upping the original six episodes to 10.
Bradley James as Arthur in Merlin.

A&E is currently trying to carve out a more sinister identity with its Monday night lineup of Carlton Cuse’s Bates Motel and The Returned.

“A&E’s unwavering commitment to high quality original scripted drama programming, coupled with the sizable fan-base for our hit series Bates Motel, which so perfectly aligns with Damien, make the network the ideal fit for this exceptional show,” said Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President & General Manager, A&E and Lifetime. “We are thrilled with what we’ve seen so far and know that Glen and the creative team have even more story to tell in season one.”

Damien, currently in production in Toronto, also stars Oscar nominee Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time), Omid Abtahi (Better Call Saul) and Meganlyn Echikunwoke (House of Lies). (Source)

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Jan / 21 / 2015
Posted by Carola | under: 2015, bradley james, Damien, news

Lifetime has released an official synopsis of Damien, the spin-off of The Omen film series starring Bradley James as Damien Thorne, the Anti-Christ. We are really excited about this project so we can’t wait to know and to see more and more! (:

“A sequel drama about what became of the evil child in another classic horror movie, the 1976 The Omen. The thriller series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn a world-renowned war photographer who gets his adrenaline fix by putting himself in extreme situations. He’s brilliant, rugged, and can charm his way into and out of any situation. He’s also running from the dark truth that has haunted him his whole life — that there’s something about him, something terrifying, that causes pain and death everywhere he goes. On his 30th birthday, his worst, buried memories spill forth and he must finally face the truth – that he and the evil forces protecting him were responsible for the deaths of his adoptive parents, that he is destined to be the Antichrist.” (x).

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Dec / 4 / 2014
Posted by Carola | under: 2014, Damien, news, projects

Hey guys, great news! (:

Merlin star Bradley James has landed the title role in Damien, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama follow-up to 20th Century Fox’s classic horror film The Omen. In his TV directing debut, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will helm and executive produce the first episode.

Produced by Fox TV Studios, the six-episode Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Damien, slated to premiere in 2015, is written and executive produced by Glen Mazzara via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer (source).

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