Robert Kirkman is one of comics' biggest success stories. After beginning his career with small creator-owned efforts like Battle Pope, he launched The Walking Dead at Image Comics and built it into one of the most popular books on the stands, then played a role in its transition into the most popular series on cable television. Millions of viewers tune in every week, tie-in merchandise is everywhere, and demand for Kirkman's zombie world is so great that a spinoff series is in development at AMC right now.
Kirkman's not stopping with zombies, though. Last summer, Cinemax ordered a pilot based on his Image Comics series Outcast, about a man's quest to understand his lifelong struggles with demonic possession. The horror comic seemed like perfect fodder for a no-holds-barred, premium cable drama, and it seems Cinemax agrees, because they just gave Outcast a 10-episode series order.
The series follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a man who's spent his life plagued by demonic possession. As an adult, he resolves to get some answers about the demons that won't leave him, and sets out on a journey to uncover a dangerous truth that could destroy all of mankind, aided by a reverend (Philip Glenister) who's plagued by his own demons. Kirkman scripted the pilot episode, and will serve as an executive producer on the series. Fox International Channels will produce the series with the goal of making it a success not just on Cinemax, but on various channels around the world, much as they've done with The Walking Dead.
So we don't know yet when we'll see it, but Robert Kirkman is officially bringing another of his horror sagas to television. We'll just have to wait and see if the same lightning that struck with The Walking Dead can strike twice.