Robert Kirkman on 'treating demonic possession as a solvable problem' in Outcast

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Dec 29, 2015, 8:18 AM EST

He’s already turned the zombie genre into the biggest series on television, and now Robert Kirkman is aiming to do the same thing with exorcisms. Here’s the latest on what the Walking Dead creator is cooking up with his new series, Outcast.

Based on Kirkman’s comic of the same name, Outcast delves into the dark and creepy corners of demonic possession and those tasked with pulling out those evil spirits. The comic is dark and twisted, and Kirkman seems keen to dig even deeper into that concept with the television adaptation. So how does it compare to what he did bringing The Walking Dead from page to screen? Basically: He sees Outcast as a more direct adaptation of the comic canon, where they’ll be following the beats and building on the events of the comic — as opposed to remixing them a la Walking Dead.

Here’s how Kirkman explained the series to Entertainment Weekly:

"If The Walking Dead is the zombie movie that never ends — about these people surviving for years and years in a way you’ve never seen in a zombie movie before — Outcast is about people treating demonic possession as a solvable problem. So as opposed to performing an exorcism and leaving, packing up your stuff like, 'Call me up when the next one happens,' these people are going to be engaged in what’s actually going on, how to prevent it, and how to stop it once and for all…

I would say the show is definitely an expansion of what happens in the comic. The comic book focuses almost exclusively on Kyle Barnes and Rev. Anderson and some side characters here and there. But largely it focuses on those two characters. When it comes to the show, what we’re doing is expanding that world quite a bit, giving the characters much more to do and definitely rounding out the town of Rome, West Virginia, a little more — taking what’s in the comic and adding to it in some really cool and interesting ways. It’s not like The Walking Dead, where we do completely different things. There are some big differences to what we’re doing with Kyle and Anderson, but mostly it’s expanding and building around what exists in the comic series."

Outcast is set to premiere in the summer of 2016 on Cinemax.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)