In television, there’s one sure-fire way to make yourself a hot commodity: be a major player in the biggest show currently airing on the medium. In this case, that honor falls to The Walking Dead, and that hot commodity is its executive producer and source material creator, Robert Kirkman.
Now, with the zombie TV series’ status firmly cemented, Kirkman has been looking for a new home to send a fresh comic book adaptation, Outcast. It turns out that home will be at none other than Cinemax, as was confirmed today.
Cinemax issued a press release today, announcing that it has placed a 10-episode first season order for an adaptation of the Outcast comic book line created by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. Here is the official description of the show:
[‘Outcast’] follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
As for the show’s cast, Outcast will star Patrick Fugit as Barnes, Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, and Gabriel Bateman as Joshua Austin. The latter is officially described as follows:
“[Joshua is] an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.”
At the moment, while Kirman is listed as the show’s only writer, it’s unclear if he’s going to be taking on the power of showrunner in this one, or just hands on executive producer like he currently serves on The Walking Dead. It’s no secret that battles with Kirkman is part of what led to the departure of showrunners Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara from the AMC series, so it would seem logical that Kirman would want to just take on the full responsibility of the new show for himself (if for no other reason than to see his visions uncompromised in its adaptation).
Currently, Cinemax has yet to set a firm premiere date for Outcast. However, seeing as one of its other hit originals, Strike Back, is coming a close this year, one would imagine the network is planning to put this newest addition in its place when the time comes.
Stay tuned for more on Outcast as it develops.