THR reported today that Cinemax has picked up Robert Kirkman's Outcast, a television drama about exorcism based on a comic book that doesn't come out until next year. Kirkman himself will write the script for the pilot, as well as serve as executive producer. Here's the description of the comic from THR:
The comic and potential series centers on Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. The comic will debut in 2014.
The Outhouse has obtained secret footage of the meeting that took place between Kirkman and Cinemax executives in which the deal was signed, and here's the transcript:
Cinemax Executive: We're trying to make a careful decision about what type of drama to produce for our network to compete with the other cable television networks. It's not a decision we want to make hastily. It needs to be the right fit for the network, and also fill a niche that isn't currently being occupied by other shows. Hopefully, this will be the first of many meetings in which we carefully decide whether or not any of the projects you have to offer fit our very specific needs.
Robert Kirkman: I've got a new comic coming out next year that you could adapt, I guess. I like money.
Executive: Is it the story of a young woman's journey of sexual self-discovery in the Orient?
Executive: Hmm... Can it feature at least three gratuitous sex scenes per episode?
Kirkman's Thief of Theives is also in development for TV at AMC, along with a Walking Dead spinoff. Kirkman reportedly intends to spend the proceeds continuing to purchase all of the land in Kentucky for the purpose of seceding from the United States and creating his own nation, Kirklandia.
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