Cinemax to Conjure ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman’s Exorcist Drama ‘Outcast’
Ratings for ‘The Walking Dead‘ keep right on growing into its fourth season, while series creator Robert Kirkman prepares a companion series spinoff to hit the airwaves in 2015, but it seems Cinemax will be keeping the comic book writer busy as well. Kirkman’s upcoming exorcist title ‘Outcast‘ has officially landed at Cinemax for development as an ongoing series, but how big is the order?
Fox International Channels announced (and first reported by The Hollywood Reporter) that Cinemax has given a script commitment with large penalty to the project, should a pilot not move forward. Kirkman himself will write the inaugural entry, executive producing alongside ‘The Walking Dead”s David Alpert. The story centers on Kyle Barnes, who has been haunted by his mother’s possession since childhood, and decides as an adult to embark on a spiritual journey to find answers that could well change the world.
Says Kirkman himself of the sale:
Despite the success of ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Outcast’ is only my second foray into the horror genre. I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies — so this is going to be fun. Starting a new project is like setting off on an long journey and I couldn’t ask for better travel companions than David Alpert and [Fox International Channel's] Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.
We’re excited to see what Kirkman can bring to premium cable with ‘Outcast’ (whose title remains the subject of a recent lawsuit), but what say you? Do you think ‘The Walking Dead’ creator’s lightning will strike twice?