Next year, Robert Kirkman's third television series will begin airing on Cinemax, with Outcast being adapted from the Image comic series.
Much like Kirkman's first hit TV series, The Walking Dead, Outcast will be for mature audiences. This time around, the series won't be dealing with zombies but exorcisms.
Kirkman recently opened to to EW about the new series, comparing it to AMC's The Walking Dead and Outcast's comics. "If The Walking Dead is the zombie movie that never ends — about these people surviving for years and years in a way you’ve never seen in a zombie movie before," Kirkman began. "Outcast is about people treating demonic possession as a solvable problem. So as opposed to performing an exorcism and leaving, packing up your stuff like, “Call me up when the next one happens,” these people are going to be engaged in what’s actually going on, how to prevent it, and how to stop it once and for all."
As for whether or not the show will hold back when showcasing the exorcism of a young boy by its central character, it doesn't sound like it. "Well, our exorcisms involve Kyle Barnes, who is not trained in any kind of exorcism lore and is not religious in any way and has no affiliations to any church," Kirkman explains. "So he has abilities that aid him in these exorcisms, but they’re very unique and I would say far more violent than a typical exorcist would be, which is very interesting because he’s going to be exorcizing a wide range of people, including a small child in our first episode, which I think is gonna be something people are talking about, let’s just say that.
"As far as part of putting the scene together, Adam Wingard, fantastic director of movies like The Guest and You’re Next, just really got in there and tried to figure out different ways of taking what was in the comic, what was in my script for the pilot, and bringing it to life in ways that are really believable and push the envelope. There was a lot of concern on my part in terms of what we would allowed to get away with, and what we would be able to accomplish in a realistic way. Because when you see two people that are much different sizes interacting in that way, it could end up being possibly a little unbelievable. But we were able to avoid that entirely. It’s a pretty remarkable scene. I’m excited for people to check it out."
Outcast premieres on Cinemax in 2016.