Nellie Andreeva

Cinemax has come on board as the U.S. network partner to Fox International Channels’ Robert Kirkman exorcism drama, Outcast. Kirkman, on whose comic AMC/FIC’s The Walking Dead is based, wrote the project on spec for his first pilot writing effort and developed it internally at FIC. Like The Walking Dead, Outcast too is based on a comic by Kirkman, who will serve as executive producer alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. Outcast, which Cinemax has picked up for development, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. “Despite the success of The Walking Dead, Outcast is only my second foray into the horror genre,” Kirkman said. “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.”

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