While people may be talking about The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman has another contender coming out of the gate. Outcast, a title out of Skybound/Image comics, is Kirkman and artist Paul Azteca’s excorcism-themed project; centered around protagonist Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost.
Kirkman has been penning the script for the pilot, which has been in development since November, before the first issue of the comic was even published. Unable to attend SDCC due to medical reason, Kirkman described the basic plot of the show via a video presentation at the show’s debut panel.
The plot of the story is as follows:
Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
Kirkman summarized that his take on demon possession would be a different angle and that it would focus not just on the main character’s struggle with being possessed but the effect it has on the lives of those around him.
Outcast is set to join the Cinemax lineup sometime in 2016.