The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman has helped shepherd another comic book title into the medium of television, after it was revealed today that Cinemax has picked up the creator’s exorcism drama Outcast for a ten-episode stint.
Previously, the outlet had given the series a pilot order back in July of last year, though today the HBO affiliate secured rights for the property, and the script for the maiden episode is to be penned by Kirkman himself.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Robert Kirkman, a visionary talent who has the unique ability to tap into today’s zeitgeist, making him a perfect fit for the newly expanded Cinemax roster,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Robert Kirkman’s new drama to Cinemax. Outcast is an ambitious series and Adam Wingard has directed a powerful pilot. I am very proud of the work that Robert, Sharon and team have put together,” said Hernan Lopez, President and CEO, FOX International Channels added.
Similarly to The Walking Dead, Outcast was formed under Kirkman’s Skybound comic label, but delves into a whole new horror sub-genre. Kicking the undead to the kerb, for now, the comic book revolves around Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a man who has been lumbered with spiritual possession for as long as he can remember. Now an adult, Barnes soon peels back the layers of the crippling visions to discover an unthinkable secret. Life on Mars‘ Philip Glenister joins the cast as a cynical reverend who considers himself a soldier on the frontlines of God’s battle against the evil forces of our humble world. And the two are sure to make for an unlikely partnership.
A premiere date is yet to be set for Outcast, but given the pedigree behind the project, it shouldn’t be long before we learn more about Kirkman’s latest venture in the small screen medium.