Cinemax’s horror show Outcast had its world premiere at SXSW, and the premium cabler dropped two pieces of news at the panel afterward. The 10-episode series produced by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Chris Black will debut June 3, and it’s already been renewed for a second season. This comes eight months after the first trailer was unveiled at Comic-Con.
Based on the Skybound/Image comic created by Kirkman, Outcast focuses on Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), 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.
“Outcast has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Kirkman. “Seeing it come together has been a huge thrill for me. What we’ve been able to achieve on Cinemax, with its unprecedented creative freedom, frankly, almost scares me at times.”
“Going into the first season of Outcast, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core,” said Kary Antholis, president, of Original Programming at Cinemax. “But what he, Chris Black and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations. We believe our viewers will immediately be sucked into Outcast‘s intense and creepy landscape, which is why we have chosen to pick up a second season.”
The series also stars Gabriel Bateman, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, David Denman, Reg. E Cathey, Kate Lyn Sheils and Melinda McGraw. David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle executive produce with Black and Kirkman. Adam Wingard directed the pilot, and Fox International Studios (a unit of Fox International Channels) is the studio.