If there's a creator working in television who's guaranteed to turn people's heads, it's Robert Kirkman. The well-established comic book writer brought his independent hit The Walking Dead to television in 2010 and it has since taken the world by storm. The record-breaking television series just continues to grow and has already earned itself a spinoff series (titled Fear the Walking Dead).
Though The Walking Dead is Kirkman's most well-known work, the creator has worked on a number of comic series over the years. The television rights to his most recent comics work, the ongoing series Outcast with artist Paul Azaceta, were purchased before the first issue was ever released. The adaptation was ordered to series earlier this year. Now, in the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Fox International has began their marketing push by debuting the key art for the upcoming adaptation.
Here is the official synopsis for the Outcast TV series:
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 (Gone Girl) stars as Kyle Barnes and is joined by Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) who plays Reverend Anderson. The series will also star Gabriel Batemen (Stalker) as Joshua Austin, a young boy plagued by demonic possession and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire) as Megan, Kyle's adoptive sister.
The Outcast artwork features a children's drawing of a monstrous entity seemingly attacking a young boy with the tagline "possession is only the beginning." You can check out the full image below.
Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to get a first look at the Outcast series during the show's Panel on Saturday, July 11th in Room 6DE at 3:00 p.m. The panel will feature Robert Kirkman and Chris Black, executive producers on the series, as well as Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister and Wrenn Schmidt.
Additionally, attendees will have a chance to purchase the reissue of Outcast #1, featuring a special cover with Fugit as Kyle Barnes. Check it out below:
Front and center in the key art is "from the creators of The Walking Dead," a smart decision that will undoubtedly draw in viewers. However, the image distinguishes itself immediately from Kirkman's previous series, and that might be be its greatest strength. Fear the Walking Dead has a ton of potential for new stories, but Outcast marks a sharper split from the series that propelled Kirkman to mainstream success.
It will be interesting to see how Kirkman's supernatural horror series translates to television. The creator's talent is undeniable, but after the incredible success of The Walking Dead, it will be difficult for either him or Outcast escape the shadow of Kirkman's zombie franchise. Even above-average ratings for Outcast will pale in comparison to Kirkman's initial series, and premiering on premium cable also limits the size of the audience.
Still, the sheer marketing power of Kirkman's name might just be enough to propel Outcast to the top of everyone's 'must watch' list.
Outcast is set to premiere in 2016.
Source: Fox International Channels