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New 'Omen' to hit theaters on 6/6/6

June 3, 2006 at 9:38 AM

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- Director John Moore says he worked hard to ensure his remake of the supernatural thriller "The Omen" would be ready for its intended release date of 6/6/6.

The iconic numbers in this case stand for June 6, 2006.

"There was great technical pressure to achieve this," the Irish filmmaker said in New York recently. "From the first phone call to the release date would have been 10 months, which is a little hard, but that was part of the whole ball game. It wasn't an afterthought ... The numbers in the movie are of huge significance to the plot; huge significance. So, to release it on that date, in my view, there was no better or more appropriate date."

Co-starring Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Mia Farrow, "The Omen" is an updated version of the 1976 film about a couple who discovers their young son, Damien, is the anti-Christ.

The "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Flight of the Phoenix" filmmaker said he was always a fan of the original "Omen" and admitted he "chased" the opportunity to do the remake.

"I wanted it," he said. "I heard the rumor that they were going to do a Japanese-language movie with a Japanese cast and I said, 'No, this is a global movie; we should do this.'"

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