While most will be well aware that helmer Adam Wingard is currently reworking Adrián García Bogliano’s recent supernatural shocker, Here Comes the Devil alongside his customary cohort Simon Barrett, what may come as a pleasant surprise is news that he’s about to test the waters on the small screen.
Hot off the success of his most recent project, The Guest, Wingard has been tapped to helm the pilot episode of Cinemax’s exorcism drama, Outcast with Robert Kirkman exec. producing. The series is an adaptation of Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta’s recent supernatural comic series of the same name and is set to star Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) in the lead role alongside Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) and Gabriel Bateman (Stalker).
Fugit will play Kyle Barnes, a young man whose loved ones have been caught up in demonic possession ever since he was a child. With the help of evangelical preacher, Reverend Anderson (Glenister) he sets out to discover the truth only to stumble across something that could put the Earth’s entire existence at stake. Bateman will play 8-year-old Joshua Austin, a young boy who appears to be possessed by a demon and has a mysterious connection to Kyle. Kirkman says Outcast is a far cry from The Walking Dead and that this is the first time he had a clear ending for a story before putting pen to paper. The new series was penned on spec by Kirkman for Fox International Channels before Cinemax picked up the pilot script in November and greenlit the pilot this summer.
Words: Howard Gorman