After a long wait, the Indian retelling of the hit horror film, 'The Omen', is finally set to roll. Fox Star Studio has bought the rights of the 1976 scarefest starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens as the demon child, and the film will be co-produced by Vishesh Films. And Vikram Bhatt, who flagged off the Raaz series in 2002 with the Dino Morea-Bipasha Basu starrer and returned to the franchise a decade later to helm Raaz 3 in 3D, is writing the fourth instalment, Raaz—The Hidden Secret. The film will roll in February 2014.
When contacted, Vikram confirmed the news saying, "I have been writing a lot of my films and it is time to pass the baton of horror films to the next generation. Bhatt saab (Mahesh Bhatt) wrote the first 'Raaz' and gave it to me, now it is my turn to write 'Raaz 4' and give it to Vishal Mahadkar."
Added Mahesh Bhatt, "This has been our dream project for years and finally has been green lighted."
When quizzed on the casting, he admitted that Emraan Hashmi, who has been the face of 'Raaz 2' and 'Raaz 3', will not be a part of this one. "He is working with me in 'Mr X', a fantasy flick revolving around aninvisible man. So we will have to start looking for a new actor."
Another regular, Bipasha Basu, the star of both 'Raaz' and 'Raaz 3', who is currently working with Vikramin his horror flick Creature, will also not be a part of the latest film.
But, before they start the search for the actors to play the ill-fated parents, the Bhatts are busy scouting for a cherubic boy who can recreate the menace of Damien.
"We have already shortlisted a few names. The film will be adapted with an Indian ethos but it will have its share of chills and thrills," promises Vikram.