Another Kirkman comic is coming to television, and it's a bit of a surprise where it wound up.
Considering the success of Robert Kirkman's never-endng zombie drama The Walking Dead, it's hard to be surprised that another comic of his would be making its way to the small screen. And that's exactly what's happening. The comic in question, Outcast, stars a man who has spent his whole life plagued by demonic possession. Outcast was optioned for TV at the same time the comic was announced for popular imprint Image. But, as we all know, being optioned doesn't mean a TV show (or even a pilot) will be made.
Thankfully, Kirkman himself announced that Outcast will be headed to Cinemax this morning on Twitter.
And, for the full story, here's the official press release:
The pilot of the TV adaptation of Outcast is going into production at Cinemax. Kirkman developed Outcast with FOX International Channels (FIC) at the same time he was developing the comic book series of the same name for his Skybound imprint at Image Comics. The first issue of the comic book, which was released in June of this year, has not only exceeded The Walking Dead comic book sales at their peak, but has also been met with overwhelming enthusiasm from fans and critics alike. The second issue will debut at Comic-Con tomorrow.
Marking Kirkman’s first time penning a pilot, 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.
Kirkman will serve as Executive Producer alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion; Sue Naegle; Chris Black; and Sharon Tal Yguado of FIC.
Outcast is the latest example of FOX International Channel’s (FIC) mission to develop breakthrough character-driven dramas in the U.S. that can translate into global tentpole franchises. FIC’s long-standing partnership with Kirkman began on the record-breaking, global hit series, The Walking Dead, on which FIC is the international partner and global broadcaster in 125 countries.
So there you go! We get a brand-new Kirkman show, and Cinemax gets an original show that people will have actually heard of! Win-win.