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Cinemax in for US on Outcast

Pay cable network Cinemax has become the US partner on Outcast, the exorcism drama from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Fox International Channels (FIC).

Cinemax, sister to HBO, has made a committed to a pilot written by Kirkman for the potential series.

The project is based on Kirkman’s recently announced comic book of the same name for his Skybound imprint, which also publishes the Walking Dead comics.

Outcast will follow a young man plagued by possession whose search for answers could affect the future of life on Earth.

The new project, which Kirkman will executive produce with David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, was developed at FIC as part of its push to develop dramas in the US that can become global franchises. FIC is the international partner on The Walking Dead, broadcasting the series in 125 countries.

If ordered, Outcast would join original series Strike Back and Banshee on the Cinemax schedule. The network also recently ordered The Knick, currently in production with Steven Soderbergh directing and Clive Owen starring.

Kirkman said the hero of the new project was every bit as compelling as in The Walking Dead. “Demonic possession is way scarier than zombies – so this is going to be fun,” he added.

Sharon Tal Yguado, executive VP of original development and scripted programming at FIC, said: “Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”

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