AMC’s The Walking Dead will enter its sixth season in October 2015, and the massively popular zombie drama show’s spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, will premiere in August. If you’re Robert Kirkman, who created the comic book that started the whole thing and are an executive producer on both shows, what do you do? Create another series, that’s what.
Preferably from another comic book property, which is just what Kirkman has done. We first heard that the TV pilot adaptations of Kirkman’s horror title Outcast was being considered by Cinemax back in November 2014. Since then, development on Outcast has progressed at a steady clip. The pilot was ordered to series by the premium cable network and the show’s key art was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
The show stars Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) as Kyle Barnes, a man who has been haunted by demonic possession all his life. We now have our first look at the show. The first trailer has been released at Comic-Con. Check it out above.
Here is the show’s official synopsis:
Outcast, based on Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of Reverend Anderson, a country preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers to obtain a normal life he has never known. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
Patrick Fugit – front and center here for the first time on TV – will star alongside Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), who plays Reverend Anderson, the priest who attempts help Kyle get to the heart of his lifelong association with this kind of possession, and why he appears to be special. The comic series, written by Kirkman with artwork by Paul Azaceta, received favorable reviews and is seen as genuinely scary.
The notion of demons possessing the living really hit mainstream culture with The Exorcist, and the basic premise has remained a genre staple ever since. Other shows have been built around the same basic concept (Supernatural, Constantine), but judging from this early look, Outcast is approaching the material is a much more grounded, serious way. This first trailer for the Outcast TV show is certainly as bleak as can be.
That said, with the creative freedom Cinemax can offer, Outcast could potentially explore corners of the horror genre limited by The Walking Dead’s home on basic cable. What do you think, based on what limited footage we’ve seen of Kirkman’s new series thus far?
Outcast will premiere on Cinemax in 2016.