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Check Out the New Outcast Season 1 Trailer & Poster


This new series looks AMAZING and now that we have a brand new trailer, “Outcast” is looking even more enticing. The Cinemax series based on the graphic novel series by “Walking Dead” creator and writer Robert Kirkman, launches its ten-episode season Friday, June 3 and has already been renewed for a second season ahead of the series debut.

“Outcast” follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher who has personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

The series stars the incomparable Patrick Fugit as the lead character, Barnes who spends his life looking for answers to his possession and more importantly redemption. Due to his demons, he sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Alongside Fugit, we have Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth however he has his own demons in that he is an inveterate drinker and gambler but doesn’t think that God wants people to “sweat the small stuff.” And you can’t forget Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) who plays Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

“Outcast” the series was created by Kirkman as well as executive produced alongside showrunner Chris Black. It was produced by Cinemax by Fox International Studios, and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (known for his work on the amazing film, The Guest).

Watch the new trailer below and the series premieres June 3.

Robert Kirkman Dishes On Details For Season 6 of Walking Dead


It has only been a few weeks since season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has ended but everyone wants to know what they can expect in season 6. The creator, Robert Kirkman was at the National Association of Broadcasters Show to discuss season finale and where the show might be heading, especially regarding a key dynamic between two characters.

Note: Spoilers Ahead!!

The season 5 finale saw a reunion fans have been awaiting for years. Rick and Morgan found each other in the seemingly safe city but in a precarious situation. Kirkman said,

“Having Rick and Morgan together, finally, again is a huge deal, and it’s definitely going to be a big part of Season 6. Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship,” Kirkman continued. “And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together—if they’re going to work together—and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six.”

Steven Yeun, the actor who plays Glenn, was also present at the panel and spoke about his character’s fate in the upcoming season in the most vague way possibly.

“If I go—that could happen,” Yeun commented. “The way that we make the show, the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. So if it were for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.”

Kirkman added about Glenn’s future that they had “a lot of cool stuff” lined up for Glenn in the next season.

Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” Pilot Rounds Out Cast


The official cast for Robert Kirkman’s upcoming drama pilot, “Outcast” has been revealed. The series is based on The Walking Dead creator’s new comic of the same name and is set to premiere on Cinemax.

“Outcast” will star Patrick Fugit in the lead role of Kyle Barnes, a young man 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.

Joining Fugit is Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia preacher who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends us to sweat the small stuff.

Reg E. Cathey as Giles, is Rome’s chief of police and a poker buddy of Anderson’s. Although he doesn’t believe in possession quite as strongly as Anderson, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend’s assertions about demons.

Julia Crockett, as Sarah Barns, is Kyle’s mother. Filthy and raving, Sarah makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness. But Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more.

Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter, is Kyle’s adopted sister and a child psychologist. Megan is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Although she puts up a hopeful and confident front, Megan may be as emotionally damaged as Kyle — a result of the scarred past they share.

Kip Pardue as Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan. Mark is a small-town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.

Kirkman has signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce with Chris Black, Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, and FIC’s Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. Adam Wingard (The Guest) will direct the pilot.

Robert Kirkman Talks “Outcast” and Season 5 of “Walking Dead”


Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead,” recently spoke out about the upcoming fifth season of the AMC series that is based on his comics as well as the new series based on his comic series, “Outcast.”

“Outcast” will be released at the end of June will follow similar themes to “The Walking Dead.” The title, released via Kirkman’s Skybound imprint, is already out-selling his other series. 

Kirkman explains what kind of similarities “Outcast” and “The Walking Dead” share.

I think that both of them strive to be very real examinations of a very fantastical and unreal kind of situation. Although I would argue that demonic possession is certainly something that there’s evidence to support the possibility that it could be a real phenomenon — much more so than zombies. I think zombies are probably definitely never going to happen (Laughs). I think people may wish that they would. But they’re both stories about very real people against these horrific backdrops. That’s something that I really enjoy doing.

For those who are caught up with comic series of “The Walking Dead,” the series has started a new story after a time jump. We see Rick re-established in a larger society. Kirkman spoke about whether he knows how the story will end and its effects on creating “Outcast.”

I’ve known roughly how The Walking Dead [comic] ends for a while now. It’s something that I took my time figuring out but I always knew the direction I was going in. A few years ago the end cemented itself. But that’s something that is very far off into the future and it’s an ending that doesn’t really work unless I take my time getting there. I feel like, as withOutcast, the stakes on The Walking Dead have continued to escalate, and in recent issues, we’ve revealed the full extent of the world building that we’re planning to do long-term, and just how important these characters that we’ve been following are going to turn out to be in the history of civilization. That’s a pretty exciting prospect and a really cool change and shift in the narrative of that story.

Unlike “The Walking Dead,” “Outcast” will be a series at Cinemax and Kirkman is actually prepping the potential pilot himself. Kirkman explained how the show would compare to the comics.

There’s definitely going to be a lot similarities, but despite the fact that I’m writing the comic and writing the pilot episode of the series, you will see some pretty big differences. There are certain ways to tell a story, and certain mechanics and things that work really well in comics that don’t work well on television and vice versa. There are certain opportunities to be taken when you adapt something into television, where you have motion and sound, where you can expand on and change things in very cool ways in a manner that wouldn’t have worked so well in comics. To be honest, that’s the fun part and the challenge of saying, “This is going to be moving and there’s going to be actors, and it’s going to have sound, and there are different things to be done.” It’s cool to limit the same story and think about it in a different way.

Even though season 4 of “The Walking Dead” ended on a pretty crazy note, we didn’t see any major characters die, which is surprising in itself. Kirkman tells us what we can expect with season 5 of the show.

It’s always highly likely, though I wouldn’t say that it’s any more likely than it ever is, but it is always extremely likely. We did pull back on the reins a little bit at the end of season four. We’re definitely going to hit the ground running for season five and we really don’t let up very quickly at all. It’s going to be a pretty fast-paced, intense season.

When it comes to rumors about character Glenn possibly meeting his maker, Kirkman unfortunately did not confirm nor deny the rumors.

I absolutely love it. It means people care and people are paying attention. So keep those rumors flying!

Kirkman also commented on the addition of Seth Gilliam to a currently unconfirmed role.

Every season we try to bring in new characters that add something in their own way to the cast, much in the way that Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) brought a new narrative and more character dynamics to the show. Seth Gilliam’s character — whoever it may be — brings a lot of conflict and really cool character traits to the mix.

The Walking Dead returns in October. A specific premiere date will likely be announced at Comic-Con. Outcast No. 1 is released June 25 via Image Comics. Check out an advance look at Outcast No. 1, below.

Robert Kirkman Teases Season Five of The Walking Dead


With the amazing season 4 finale a few weeks behind us now, fans are desperate for the fifth season to get here. Recently, series creator Robert Kirkman spoke with MTV and teased some information about what we can see in season 5.

“I just turned in the second episode script for season five, and all the writers are hard at work on their individual episodes. We’re pretty much halfway through the fifth season, script-wise. And we’ve already nailed down what our finale is, and what our overall arc of the season is. The back half of the season is taking shape very quickly, and we’ll have all the scripts written by the summer…It’s always interesting the way these things overlap. By the time people have seen the entirety of the season, we’re already pretty much done with the writing on the first half of the next season. We’re always quite a bit ahead. We’ll be rolling cameras in May, so I’m very excited about that.”

The subject of the character Negan from the comics was also brought up, whom Kirkman says they are planning to introduce to the series.

“As far as Negan casting goes, Scott (Gimple, showrunner) and I are always talking about who we would put in that, it’s definitely on our minds, and there are definitely a lot of candidates. But I wouldn’t expect Negan too terribly soon, although he is definitely in the plan. It’s a 99% lock that he’s going to be in the show eventually, so be on the lookout for that.”

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” will debut on AMC on Sundays this fall.

Cinemax Developing Series Based on Robert Kirkman’s Outcast


Cinemax has officially confirmed that they are adapting Robert Kirkman’s upcoming comic series “Outcast” as a television drama. Kirkman will serve as Executive Producer alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. The comic series is set to debut in 2014 and will be written by Kirkman and drawn by Paul Azaceta.

The series follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Creator Robert Kirkman said,

“Despite the success of The Walking Dead, Outcast is only my second foray into the horror genre. I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies–so this is going to be fun. Starting a new project is like setting off on a long journey and I couldn’t ask for better travel companions than David Alpert and Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.”

Sharon Tal Yguado, Executive Vice President of Original Development and Scripted Programming at FIC, also added,

“At FIC, we’re committed to creating compelling, innovative television with A-List writers like Robert Kirkman, and with Cinemax we have a partner that is as passionate as we are about this very unique project. Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”

There is no word yet on when the series will make its way to the small screen or who the network is looking at to headline the project.

New Trailer Revealed For Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season Two


Telltale Games has officially released the first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to their games series, “The Walking Dead” based on the world created by Robert Kirkman. “The Walking Dead: Season 2” the next installment in the series, is now available for  pre-order on PC/Mac via the Telltale Games Online Store as well as Steam. The second season will premiere later this year on PC/Mac, home consoles and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.

The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series will continue the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned at the outset of the undead apocalypse, now left to her own devices to seek safety and survive in a world gone mad. Now assuming the role of an ordinary child, players will struggle to outwit both the dead and the living in situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions.

Dan Connors, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games, said,

“The terrifying nature of Robert Kirkman’s world has allowed Telltale to push the boundaries of interactive drama in video games to a place that has had fans anxious to know what will happen next in this series. Today we can finally lift the veil, albeit only a little, on how this story will continue, and we’ll soon be putting players in the shoes of a lead role that will challenge their expectations of how to survive in a world where no one can be trusted.”

The game is expected to release later this year and will consist of five episodes that will be available for digital download over the course of the season. Season 2 will conclude in 2014. Players can save 10% off of the purchase price of the PC/Mac versions with a pre-order of the season pass, giving them access to all five episodes for the total cost of $22.49 USD or equivalent when ordering through the Telltale Online Store, or through the Steam digital distribution service.

It was also announced that this November, Telltale Games will be releasing “The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series – Game of the Year Edition” to retailers across North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC. The Game of the Year Edition will include all five episodes of the award-winning series, plus the critically acclaimed episode ‘400 Days,’ as well as access to the series’ original score and exclusive behind-the-scenes video. Currently available for pre-order at retailers everywhere, the Game of the Year Edition will be available for $29.99 USD or equivalent.

You can watch the new trailer below:

Robert Kirkman Shares More Details on The Walking Dead Season 4


“The Walking Dead,” the hit series from AMC is scheduled to return this fall with its fourth season. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series creator and executive producer, Robert Kirkman, spoke a bit about what fans can expect in the upcoming season. Note: There are season 3 spoilers below! Continue reading

Robert Kirkman Developing New Television Series

Robert-Kirkman-03-photo-by-Megan-Mack-photo-credit-requiredWith the incredible success of “The Walking Dead” on AMC, it is no surprise that the author, Robert Kirkman is now working on adapting a third television project.

The Fox International Channels is working with Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics and Circle of Confusion to develop a script based on Kirkman’s upcoming comic book series that is reportedly set in the world of exorcism.

Told through the Kirkman prism, the series follows a young man, 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.

Kirkman will work alongside “The Walking Dead” executive producer David Alpert of Circle of Confusion to produce the new series.

“Sharon Tal Yguado and the entire team at FOX International Channels have been instrumental in making The Walking Dead the worldwide success that it has become. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to continue working with this forward-thinking and extremely talented group,” said Kirkman.

Sharon Tal Yguado, EVP Global Scripted Programming and Original Development at FIC, said,

“Exorcism has captivated movie audiences all over the world but has never been explored on television. Robert Kirkman, who forever changed the scope of Cable TV with The Walking Dead, possesses an unparalleled talent of telling big concept stories in a smart and incredibly genuine way. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with him on this project, which we see as a reinvention of the genre.”

Kirkman is currently serving as executive producer on “The Walking Dead” while developing “Thief of Thieves” for AMC.

‘Walking Dead’ creator Robert Kirkman Pens Prequel Novel ‘The Road to Woodbury’

The Governor is coming. All indications say the character debuting on The Walking Dead, Season Three on AMC, will be just as formidable as the Walkers are. That exciting season kicks of October 14th, but you can also find more about The Governor in print. And I’m not just talking comic book pages.

The Governor, to be acted by David Morrissey on the popular series, rules Woodbury with an iron fist so to speak. But all good villains have an origin story. Ready to learn his?

Well, get ready, because The Walking Dead comic writer and television series executive producer, Mr. Robert Kirkman, has been illuminating the past of The Governor and his rise to dictatorship with some help from coauthor Jay Bonansinga. The end result are a series of books on the subject.

Last year The Rise of the Governor debuted in print and now the sequel (to the prequel), titled, The Road to Woodbury, becomes available on in Oct. 16th, where ever books are sold. And the Governor isn’t the only topic in the story. Biographical material is present on several other Walking Dead comic book characters.

Entertainment Weekly asked Kirkman some questions about all things zombie. The first of which was about what collaboration between himself and Jay Bonansinga has been like.

The easiest way to say it is that I write a skeleton and then he comes in and turns it into a human being. I write a document that’s basically, ‘Here’s the characters, here’s the journey, here are these events that happen to them.’ …he comes in and miraculously spins it into prose and adds all of the vocabulary that I don’t understand and turns it into a well-rounded novel.”

Next, the creative mind was asked about having sympathy for The Governor, to which Kirkman explained that human beings do tend to empathize with what his apocalyptic survivors are going through.

He says, “For the most part, the majority of the decisions [The Governor’s] making, and the actions he’s taking are the kind of things that you would have to do to be a leader in this world. That’s a little terrifying and it’s supposed to be a little uncomfortable but, you know, there’s definitely a lot of grey areas going on in this guy’s life.”

Kirkman also revealed that he plans to pen at least one more novel in this series.

The second novel progresses the Governor’s timeline a lot more and is getting you closer and closer to the events that occurred in the comic book series. And so some of the events in the comic book series are actually going to appear in the third novel. The third novel is going to be a whole new story but you’re actually going to get to see Rick Grimes and Michonne and some of the other characters, which you haven’t seen in the novel series thus far. So I’m pretty excited about the third novel. But I’m not as excited about that as I am the second novel, which everyone should rush out and buy!”

Lastly, and most comically, Entertainment Weekly asked Kirkman to comment on the gruesome killing of a major character in this summer’s 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here, but can you imagine how the actor in the AMC network series reacted when he learned of this?

It was very awkward for me. It’s very difficult for me to say this without spoiling who it is but this is the first time I killed a comic character and had to encounter the actor after doing it. So it was a little awkward. I just kind of walked up to him and was like, ‘So, um… Sorry?'”

Hey, that’s the way the zombiepocalypse crumbles.