Robert Kirkman’s Exorcism Drama ‘Outcast’ Lands At Cinemax With Script Commitment

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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s new excorcism drama Outcast has found a US home.

After a heated bidding war from a number of cable networks, the series, which was developed internally at Fox International Channels, has landed at Cinemax. At present the network has given Outcast a script commitment, but should it move forward the series would get the same day-and-date treatment across the world that Fox International Channels (FIC) employs with global series The Walking Dead and Da Vinci’s Demons.

Based on Robert Kirkman’s upcoming comic book of the same name, 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. The project is being produced by FIC and Kirkman’s Skydance Productions with Kirkman and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert serving as executive producers. The script is being penned by Kirkman.

“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.”

While Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President of Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC, added: “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. Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”