The premium cable channel has landed 'Outcast', which centers on a man plagued by possession since he was a child, from the author of 'The Walking Dead' comic.
Another comic by author Robert Kirkman is going to get a small-screen treatment. Cinemax has picked up "Outcast" based on his upcoming comic book and given a script commitment with large penalty to the project.
The comic and potential new series follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. The comic will debut in 2014.
"Despite the success of 'The Walking Dead', 'Outcast' is only my second foray into the horror genre," Kirkman said of his latest work. "I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies-so this is going to be fun." He is set to write the pilot for "Outcast" TV adaptation and serve as the executive producer alongside David Alpert.
FIC exec vp original development and scripted programming Sharon Tal Yguado has expressed her confidence in both Kirkman and the story. "At FIC, we're committed to creating compelling, innovative television with A-list writers like Robert Kirkman, and with Cinemax we have a partner that is as passionate as we are about this very unique project," she said. "Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon."
AMC recently annunced its plans to make a "Walking Dead" spin-off with a whole new story and characters. The companion series will debut in January.