Cinemax Acquires Outcast Pilot from Walking Dead Co-Creator
Cinemax acquired the TV pilot of comic book-based series, “Outcast,” from the co-creator of “The Walking Dead,” Robert Kirkman. It followed the success of the successful TV adaptation of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic book series, which currently airs on AMC. Read on to find more about Cinemax’s “Outcast.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Kirkman confirmed via Twitter that the “Outcast” adaptation will head to Cinemax with the help of Fox International Channels, the worldwide partner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” It was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2014.
The upcoming suspense horror-thriller series is based on the ongoing comic book series created by Kirkman with artist Paul Azaceta. The pilot will be written by Kirkman himself. It will be executively by Kirkman, David Alpert, and former HBO entertainment president Sue Naegle. They will be joined by Chris Black and Sharon Tal Yguado.
The comic book series was first published in June 2014 through Image Comics. The hype of “The Walking Dead” has been helpful in getting a lot of sales for the new comic book series. In the end, it was reported that surpassed the sales of its zombie-centered predecessor. The second issue of “Outcast” was also released during the SDCC 2014.
THR also reported that the network already got the rights for the series before its release. It was after a heated bidding war between multiple networks including HBO.
“Outcast” is about the a young man named Kyle Barnes. As a kid, Kyle’s family were involved in demonic possessions. Kyle grew up, but his past connection with the supernatural continued to be bothersome. He will meet a reverend, a man who was willing to help him with his problem.
The “Outcast” series would mark as Kirkman’s debut on writing a pilot. To no one’s surprise, this will be the third comic written by Kirkman in line for series development. It will join his “Thief of Thieves,” “The Walking Dead” and its own companion series. Kirkman was also on board as an executive producer for the adaptation of David Schulner’s comic book “Clone.”
Kirkman told THR that it is only his “second foray into the horror genre.” He also shared that Kyle Barnes shared likeness to “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes on their complicated lives.
“This is going to be a big, epic story with a lot of characters and we’ll probably lose a few along the way. I don’t know if it’s quite as much of a bloodbath as The Walking Dead has turned out to be but there certainly is an element of, ‘No one is safe,'” teased Kirkman in the THR article.
And that’s it for the latest scoop on Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast.” Cinemax has acquired the pilot through Fox International Channels. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on your favorite TV series, upcoming movies and Hollywood celebrities.