Cinemax to Terrify Viewers with Exorcism Drama 'Outcast'

Kirkman with some Walkers, courtesy IMDB
If you love "The Walking Dead", prepare for more terrifyingly good television from the mind of its creator, Robert Kirkman. Cinemax has announced that they have acquired the U.S. rights to the Kirkman/Fox International Channels (FIC) exorcism drama, "Outcast."

"Outcast" is an adaptation of the upcoming comic of the same name, by Kirkman/Skybound. Both will center on Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been cursed by possession since his childhood. As an adult, he ventures to find the truth, however, what he finds could mean the end of the world 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. 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.” Kirkman stated, when discussing the new project.

Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President of Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC, showed great enthusiasm for the upcoming show, saying, “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.”

This will be Kirkman's pilot writing debut, and he will also serve as Executive Producer, along with David Alpert ("Circle of Confusion"). FIC and Kirkman's successful relationship began with "The Walking Dead," and all parties involved seem eager to bring more character-driven dramas to fans world wide.

Stay tuned as we learn more about this new project!

-Nowal Massari