‘The Guest’ Director Boards Cinemax’s ‘Outcast’ Series From Robert Kirkman

By November 6, 2014
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While “The Walking Dead” is still going strong on AMC, executive producer Robert Kirkman is setting up a new project over at Cinemax, but he’s still sticking with the horror genre and also adapting another of his comic books.

Deadline has word that Kirkman is executive producing “Outcast,” a new exorcism drama TV series based on Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s comic book series of the same name which just hit shelves this past summer. Directing the first episode will be some prime, rising big screen talent in the form of Adam Wingard, fresh off the respective indie action thriller and horror hits The Guest and You’re Next.

Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl, Almost Famous) has been tapped to lead the series as Kyle Barnes, a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He sets out to seek answers, only to uncover something that could end all life on Earth as we know it.

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British actor Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) and young star Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle) have also been cast in the pilot as well. Glenister will play Reverend Anderson, a hard-drinking, hard-gambling West Virginian evangelical preacher who believes he’s a soldier in God’s holy war against evil. Meanwhile, Bateman is playing a young boy who lives across town who appears to be possessed by a demon and has a mysterious connection to Kyle.

Kirkman adapted the pilot script (based on his own comic) on spec and developed it internally for Fox International Channels before it was picked up last fall and greenlit over the summer. Could this be as big of a hit as “The Walking Dead” on AMC?

Probably not, if only because this series is on Cinemax. But that also means it won’t be held back by the censors at all, so Wingard can cut loose just like he has on the big screen. The bad news is that it’s still Cinemax, and as of now that channel isn’t worth paying for like HBO. However, that might change with time, because the original series “The Knick” from Steven Soderbergh was a great series. Maybe Cinemax is moving away from softcore porn towards becoming a junior varsity HBO.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.