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Sue Naegle Joins Robert Kirkman’s Exorcism Drama For FIC & Cinemax As EP

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

outcastEXCLUSIVE: In one of her first projects as a producer, former HBO entertainment president Sue Naegle has come on board Outcast, the exorcism drama project from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman. In his pilot writing debut, Kirkman penned Outcast on spec for The Walking Dead international partner Fox International Channels, which developed the project internally before taking it out. I hear Naegle, who was still at HBO at the time, read the script and recommended it to her colleague Kary suenaegleAntholis, whose team had already been actively pursuing it. Naegle has a relationship with Kirkman. She is known for her love for supernatural and horror fare and is a fan of  Kirkman’s graphic novel The Walking Dead. As an HBO development executive, she went aggressively after the property and had talks with Kirkman.

HBO got very close to a Walking Dead deal, which was championed by Naegle. It ultimately didn’t make, and AMC snagged the comic book for what would become the biggest series on television. She now will get to work with Kirkman on Outcast, on which the two serve as executive producers alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. The gig dovetails with her producing deal at HBO. Based on Kirkman/Skybound’s recently announced comic book by the same name, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an … Read More »

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Cinemax Acquires Robert Kirkman Spec ‘Outcast’ From Fox International Channels

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 10:34am PST
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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