EXCLUSIVE: In one of her first projects as a producer, former HBO entertainment president Sue Naegle has come on board Outcast, the exorcism drama project from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman. In his pilot writing debut, Kirkman penned Outcast on spec for The Walking Dead international partner Fox International Channels, which developed the project internally before taking it out. I hear Naegle, who was still at HBO at the time, read the script and recommended it to her colleague Kary Antholis, whose team had already been actively pursuing it. Naegle has a relationship with Kirkman. She is known for her love for supernatural and horror fare and is a fan of Kirkman’s graphic novel The Walking Dead. As an HBO development executive, she went aggressively after the property and had talks with Kirkman.
HBO got very close to a Walking Dead deal, which was championed by Naegle. It ultimately didn’t make, and AMC snagged the comic book for what would become the biggest series on television. She now will get to work with Kirkman on Outcast, on which the two serve as executive producers alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. The gig dovetails with her producing deal at HBO. Based on Kirkman/Skybound’s recently announced comic book by the same name, Outcast 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.