Cinemax is moving forward with Outcast.
The network has picked up the project, which is based on the comic books series of the same name by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, to series with a 10 episode order, TVWise has learned.
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.
Robert Kirkman’s Skydance Productions is producing with a cast that includes Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), Gabriel Bateman (Stalker) and Philip Glenister (From There To Here). The executive producers are Robert Kirkman, Sharon Tal Yguado and David Alpert.
It’s been a long road for Outcast. The project was initially developed internally at Fox International Channels, the global channels division of 21st Century Fox who air Kirkman’s The Walking Dead in more than 120 countries. It was taken out to the networks in 2013, before landing at Cinemax with a script commitment in November of the same year.
Several months later, after the script had been turned in, Cinemax ordered a pilot, which was directed by Adam Wingard. Since then, execs at HBO’s sister network have been high on Outcast and it was always expected to land a series order.
“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, President of HBO Porgramming.
As the company that originally developed Outcast, Fox International Channels has taken international rights to the 10 episode drama and will air the series across its global footprint within 24 hours of its broadcast in the United States. Outcast will air on FIC’s flagship channel FOX in the UK.