Cinemax Picks Up Robert Kirkman's 'Outcast'

Continuing to expand its original programming slate, Cinemax has picked up Outcast, a new 10-episode drama series created and executive produced by The Walking Dead showrunner Robert Kirkman and Chris Black.

Like The Walking Dead, Outcast is based on a Kirkman-penned comic book. It stars Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) as Kyle Barnes, the victim of a series of demonic possessions who searches for redemption as he sequesters himself from those he loves. Enter Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars), a West Virginia evangelist who walks a fine line between fighting God's holy war and his own drinking and gambling, who seeks to help Barnes get his old life back. Meanwhile, across town, an eight-year-old who appears to be possessed, Joshua Austin (Gabriel Bateman), may be connected to Barnes by his demon.

Adam Wingard (The Guest) directed the pilot episode of Outcast. The supernatural-themed series is produced for Cinemax by Fox International Channels, which will also distribute it outside the U.S. Other EPs include David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, Sharon Tal Yguado of FIC and Sue Naegle, formerly president of HBO Entertainment.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Robert Kirkman, a visionary talent who has the unique ability to tap into today’s zeitgeist, making him a perfect fit for the newly expanded Cinemax roster,” Michael Lombardo, HBO Programming president, said in a statement on Thursday (Feb. 12).

Earlier on Thursday Cinemax announced it was renewing original series Banshee for a fourth season.