The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman‘s latest comic, Outcast, picked up by Cinemax. Cinemax has won a bidding war to air the series Outcast, based on Robert Kirkman‘s upcoming comic for Image/ Skybound.
The comic and potential series centers on Kyle Barnes, 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.
According to Kirkman, Outcast will explore similar themes to The Walking Dead — most notably the urgency that comes with loved ones affected by an outside force (possession instead of whatever is behind the zombie outbreak). “There are some similarities but hopefully we’ll be [covering] new ground that makes this very different from The Walking Dead,” he told reporters. “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.’ “
About Robert Kirkman:
Robert Kirkman (born November 30, 1978) is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics, in addition to Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of its co-founders.
Kirkman and Tony Moore began The Walking Dead in 2003. Moore, struggling to meet deadlines, was replaced by Charlie Adlard, beginning with issue #7. Moore continued to draw covers until issue #24 as well as the first four volumes of the trade paperbacks for the series.
In July 2010, Kirkman announced he would launch and run a new Image Comics imprint called Skybound.
In 2010, he also began producing the television adaption of his comic book series The Walking Dead, the pilot of which was directed by Frank Darabont. Kirkman wrote the fourth episode, “Vatos”.
On February 9, 2012, Tony Moore filed a lawsuit alleging that Kirkman, in 2005, had deceitfully engineered him into surrendering his rights to The Walking Dead comic book and eventual TV series in exchange for payments that never materialized. Kirkman said in a statement the following day that he and Moore “each had legal representation seven years ago and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid for the work he was hired to do.” Kirkman in turn sued Moore. On September 24, 2012, the two released a joint statement saying they had reached a settlement “to everyone’s mutual satisfaction.”
The Outcast TV adaptation will be produced by Fox International Channels (The Walking Dead), with Kirkman to pen the pilot episode and executive produce the series. The Outcast comic series is scheduled for a 2014 release.
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