For anyone else, it’s near impossible to have a show built around a comic book when it isn’t even OUT YET…unless your name is Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman is building his VAST empire of awesome as Cinemax won a MASSIVE bidding war over his yet-to-be-released monthly comic book series, Outcast, giving it “a script commitment with large penalty” and turning it into a series for their channel.
Outcast tells the tale of Kyle Barnes, a man who’s been a vessel for possession since childhood…now that he’s an adult, he finds himself on a spiritual quest but the answers could mean the end of the world as we know it (and trust me, we WON’T feel fine).
So how did this happen?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman said that Fox International Channels (who broadcast “The Walking Dead” in 125 countries) they got a preview of the “Outcast” novel and basically said “WE WANT IT” right then and there.
FIC exec VP of original development and scripted programming’s Sharon Tal Yguado said, “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, Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”
While Kirkman assures reporters and fans that he will still be heavily involved with “The Walking Dead,” but admittedly is excited about what Outcast can bring AND that this will be his FIRST time writing a pilot (Frank Darabont wrote “The Walking Dead” pilot, “Days Gone Bye”).
“Despite the success of The Walking Dead, Outcast is only my second foray into the horror genre. 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,” Kirkman said. “Starting a new project is like setting off on an long journey and I couldn’t ask for better travel companions than David Alpert and Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.”
Kirkman also said that while Outcast will share similar themes to TWD, all bets are off everywhere else.
“There are some similarities but hopefully we’ll be [covering] new ground that makes this very different from The Walking Dead. This is going to be a big, epic story with a lot of characters and we’ll probably lose a few along the way. I don’t know if it’s quite as much of a bloodbath as The Walking Dead has turned out to be but there certainly is an element of, ‘No one is safe.’
Now all I gotta do is patiently wait for the Outcast comic to be released sometime next year, THEN the show itself…
I got chills, they’re multiplyin’!
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