According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has reached an agreement with premium television network Cinemax to produce a full season of episodes based on his newest series from Image Comics: Outcast.
The first issue of the comic arrived to critical and commercial acclaim, selling over seventy thousand copies of it’s first edition.
The Cinemax adaptation of Outcast will star actor Patrick Fugit as lead character Kyle Barnes, a man who has a lifetime’s worth of experience with possession, having been suffering from it since he was a child.
Kirkman’s work has been in serious demand, driven by the runaway success of AMC’s adaptation of The Walking Dead. The zombie show ranks #1 among viewers 18-49 and has outpaced even Sunday Night Football in the ratings. Outcast marks the first time that Kirkman has penned the pilot for a new series, but may not be the last. Thief of Thieves is still in development at AMC, and Clone is in development with Universal and SyFy.
The addition of Outcast to Cinemax’s lineup will increase the number of comic book adaptation on television to nearly a dozen, assuming that NBC’s Constantine survives the summer and TNT’s Teen Titans makes it to air. Whether Outcast succeeds will depend more on the quality of the show itself than the devotion of readership, as the series hasn’t had nearly the time to build a loyal audience that The Walking Dead did before it aired on AMC.