Cinemax Hands Pilot Order To Robert Kirkman’s ‘Outcast’

CinemaxCinemax has given a pilot order to Outcast, the last comic book adaptation from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

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 drama is based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book of the same name and is being produced through his Skydance Productions banner. Kirkman, Sharon Tal Yguado and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert serving as executive producers

The project initially landed at Cinemax in November 2013 after a heated bidding war amongst several cable networks. At the time, Cinemax had only given the project a script commitment, but they have now decided to proceed with the exorcism drama.

Outcast was initially developed by Fox International Channels (FIC), who air Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in more than 120 territories. Should Outcast go to series at Cinemax, FIC would air the drama globally – utilising the same day-and-date rollout used for The Walking Dead and Da Vinci’s Demons.

Speaking at the time Outcast landed at Cinemax, Executive Producer and FIC’s EVP of Scripted Programming Sharon Tal Yguado said: “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.”