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‘Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman gets Cinemax pilot order for 'Outcast'

‘Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman gets Cinemax pilot order for 'Outcast'
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It looks like word out of Comic Con is that Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead,” is going to be very busy. In addition to his duties on the hit zombie show, he is working on a spinoff and has just gotten a pilot order from Cinemax for his exorcism comic, “Outcast,” the Hollywood Reporter shared on Friday.

Kirkman announced the news via his Twitter account on Friday, saying, “BIG NEWS @comic_con Demons are the new Zombies! #OUTCAST pilot into pre-production @Cinemax. Thx to partners @FoxIntChannels @Skybound #sdcc.”

The potential series had been involved in a bidding war since last November but Cinemax took home the prize. They ordered a script for the pilot. The comic book series focuses on Kyle Barnes, who has suffered since childhood with possession. As an adult, Barnes is in search of spiritual enlightenment that will answer his problems. The catch is what he discovers could have serious repercussions for the future of Life on Earth. The comic book series released its first issue in June.

This will be the first time Kirkman actually gets to pen the pilot. He’ll also executive produce along with ‘TWD’ alum David Alpert. This is the fourth comic book by Kirkman optioned for adaptation. In addition to “The Walking Dead”, Kirkman has the companion series, as yet unnamed. That should be ready for broadcast in 2015. He is also working on “Thief of Thieves” for AMC and in conjunction with Alpert.

“The Walking Dead” is currently in production for Season 5, though many of the cast and crew are at Comic Con today to appear in a panel this afternoon. The new trailer for Season 5 is expected to be released. We’ll do our best to keep you posted on developments.

Are you excited about “Outcast”? It sounds like it has great potential.