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Cinemax Picks Up Robert Kirkman’s Outcast

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Outcast, picked up by Cinemax and due in comic form in 2014

Yes, the same Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead comic books and that TV Show on AMC we keep talking about, has written and then sold an exorcism drama called Outcast to Cinemax. Word is, he was being pursued by several different networks, we’re guessing AMC was one of them, but who knows.

Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by demonic possessions since he was a child. Now, as he searches for answers, “What he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.” So, it sounds like Rick Grimes with a little bit of religion.

Also like The Walking Dead, Outcast is also based on a comic book series through Image Comics when it was being pushed all around New York Comic Con. Paul Azaceta who’s worked at Image (“Grounded” and “Graveyard of Empires”) bfore, as well as BOOM! Studios (“Unthinkable” and “Potter’s Field”), Marvel (“Daredevil”), Dark Horse (“B.P.R.D.” and “Conan”) Is taking his first long term project that isn’t just a bunch of short arcs. I love his woek in Conan from Dark Horse, so you know I’ll be ready to check out how his artwork holds up in Outcast.

Below is the official press release:

FOX International Channels (FIC) today announced that Cinemax has acquired the U.S. rights for The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s exorcism drama, Outcast.

Outcast was shopped as a spec after it was developed internally at FIC and is Kirkman’s first time penning a pilot. It was pursued by a number of leading cable networks before landing at Cinemax. The TV adaptation is based on Kirkman/Skybound’s recently announced comic book by the same name. Kirkman will serve as Executive Producer alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion.

Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

“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,” said Robert Kirkman. “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 Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.”

“At FIC, we’re committed to creating compelling, innovative television with A-List writers like Robert Kirkman, and with Cinemax we have a partner that is as passionate as we are about this very unique project,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President of Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC. “Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”

FIC’s long-standing partnership with Kirkman began on the record-breaking, global hit series, The Walking Dead, on which FIC is the international partner and global broadcaster in 125 countries. Outcast is the latest example of FIC’s mission to develop breakthrough character-driven dramas in the U.S. that can translate into global tentpole franchises. FIC pioneered its global day-and-date release strategy with the hit series The Walking Dead, and replicated it with key properties, including Da Vinci’s Demons and The Bridge. The group most recently announced a development deal for the espionage thriller, False Flag, in partnership with Keshet International and Peter Landesman, the writer and director of Parkland.

Cinemax’sfirst original primetime series, Strike Back, was recently renewed for a fourth and final season. Banshee will launch its second season in January 2014, and The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, is currently in production for a 2014 debut.

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