Though he’s flirted with straight-up sci-fi at times, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman knows where his bread is buttered. Now he’s trading zombies for another classic horror trope.
In addition to his duties on the Walking Dead television series and comic, Kirkman is also gearing up to launch the exorcism-focused (not-so) funny book Outcast, which he describes as kind of like The Walking Dead. But with exorcisms, instead of zombies. Okay, yeah, we’re interested.
The comic is currently wending its way toward publication, and much like The Walking Dead, it’ll also be heading to the small screen thanks to a TV development deal at Cinemax. Hey, it worked for zombies — can’t blame the cable net for ponying up and pinning some hopes on this one.
Kirkman opened up about his plans for the project in a recent interview with IGN:
“Outcast is about a guy named Kyle Barnes, and he is a guy who has been plagued by demonic possession his entire life. He's had a lot of people close to him become afflicted with this phenomenon, and he doesn't really understand why. When we pick up with him in the series, it's a time when he's deciding to learn more about this, to find out why this is happening to him in an effort to fix it so that he can get his life in order. So he sets out on a journey to figure out what demonic possession is, and along the way, while he is finding more and more about what this thing is, he starts to realize that there's a lot more to it. There's bigger stuff going on behind the scenes that he wasn't aware of. He actually kind of trips into some world-threatening, end-of-the-world stuff that's afoot. So he gets drawn into this much bigger story…
like The Walking Dead is the zombie movie that never ends, this is kind of another attempt to take a subgenre of horror, the exorcism story, and do sort of a "Greatest Hits" thing with it, like I did with The Walking Dead, but also, bring some new elements and look at things in a very new and different way. So there's a lot of traditional exorcism stuff. There's the kind of stuff you've seen in The Exorcist or all these countless movies that have been out for years and years; there are two or three a year that come out at this point. So there's a lot of tropes and familiar things that you're going to see that makes this an exorcist story, but there's going to be so many new and strange things that come into play that I think it's going to be a celebration of the genre, but also a tearing down of what it is and what actually makes an exorcism story. So it's going to be both things at once.”
This sounds pretty awesome, but at this point, we’re starting to hope Kirkman has a few clones of himself stashed in a closet somewhere to help pick up the slack. Between Dead, the ongoing Dead comic, the upcoming Dead spinoff, the Outcast comic and television show, and everything else he has in the works — the guy has got to be close to spreading himself a little too thin, right?
What do you think? Do you plan on adding this to your monthly comic rotation (and eventually your DVR)?