“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman has a new show premiering on Friday night — psychological horror drama “Outcast.”
“We filmed the pilot I think, not last December, but the December before and I started developing the thing between ‘Walking Dead’ Season 1 and Season 2 and yeah, it’s really been a slow burn for me, even though for a lot of people, they’re like, ‘The comic just came out and the show’s happening,'” Robert said, when AccessHollywood.com spoke to him earlier this week at the show’s premiere at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (coincidentally, the same place “TWD” Season 1 premiered).
“I’ve been working on this for years, so yeah, it’s great to finally share it with the world and get to see what people think of it,” he added.
Patrick Fugit as Kyle and Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson in ‘Outcast’ Season 1, Episode 1 on Cinemax (Cinemax)
Airing on Cinemax, the series stars Patrick Fugit (“Almost Famous,” “Gone Girl”) as Kyle Barnes, a man whose life has been affected by demonic possessions around him, and who is now trying to live a private and quiet life.
According to David Alpert, also an executive producer of “Outcast,” the Cinemax series has a different tone to the other show he and Kirkman are executive producers on – “The Walking Dead.”
“I think ‘Outcast’ is pretty awesome. It’s an entirely different type of storytelling, but really what we’re looking at is what happens the day after, right? It’s sort of like — you look at ‘The Exorcist,’ one of the greatest movies of all time, and this girl’s been totally possessed by a demon, they go through this awful exorcism, her head spins around, she goes through this nasty thing with the cross, and the next day, what? She’s supposed to go back to school? Where’d the demon go? Those types of questions — that’s what we’re going to answer here in ‘Outcast,'” Alpert told Access at the show’s premiere.
Patrick’s character, Kyle, is viewers’ window into the show as he starts to venture into the world more and look into some of the things that affected his past.
“Patrick’s great,” Kirkman said of the “Outcast’s” leading man. “Patrick really embodies this character, brings a lot of warmth to the role, a lot of hope, a lot of optimism that I think is buried in the subtext of this character. It’s something that’s not very present in the opening episode, but over time, as the series progresses, you’ll get to see this guy open up and become more of a complete human being and I think Patrick’s going to be handling that stuff expertly.”
With demonic possessions and exorcisms in the show’s first episode, expect the series to be a frightening one, Kirkman said.
“The show’s going to be very scary, but it’s not just going to jump scares, it’s not just going to be exorcisms. There’s going be other aspects to this show that are haunting and terrifying and really stick with you and we’re really hoping to achieve a level of psychological horror that isn’t just dependent on the action and the jump scares,” Kirkman said. “We’ll see if we actually pull that off. I don’t know, but we are shooting for that and hopefully it’ll be a very scary show, with a lot of drama and a lot of heart.”
Kirkman and Alpert are also at work on Season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” which returns to AMC this fall.
“It’s been great,” Kirkman said of how Season 7 is going. “Everyone is happy to be back to work and the material that we’re doing – Scott [Gimple, ‘TWD’ showrunner] and the writer’s room, and everybody involved, I guess including myself… we’re happy with how things are going and I think that coming off of that Season 6 cliffhanger, we’re really going to be paying that off in the big way because we have to, you know? We gotta put our money where our mouth is and make sure that we stick the landing and I’m pretty confident that we do. So it’s going to be a great season.”
AccessHollywood.com also asked if fans of “TWD” can expect a resolution right away when the show returns.
“Yeah, right away. I mean, I don’t know how quickly we’ll get a resolution minute wise, but it will definitely be in the first episode. We’re not going to be teasing that out anywhere past that,” he said.
“Outcast” premieres June 3 at 10 PM ET/PT on Cinemax.
— Jolie Lash