With the critically acclaimed "The Walking Dead" television show already renewed for a fourth season and "Thief of Thieves" in-development at AMC, creator Robert Kirkman is set to add another drama to his roster of adaptations, this time for a series that hasn't yet been published. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kirkman's upcoming Image Comics series set in the world of exorcism will receive the television treatment as the fan-favorite creator teams up with "The Walking Dead" executive producer David Alpert and Fox International Channels, which distributes AMC's "The Walking Dead" worldwide.
"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," Kirkman said in a statement. "I couldn't resist the opportunity to continue working with this forward-thinking and extremely talented group."
"Exorcism has captivated movie audiences all over the world but has never been explored on television," saidÂ Yguado, Fox International Channels executive Vice President of global scripted programming and original development. "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's untitled exorcism series focuses on Kyle Barnes, a man plagued by possession since childhood, who sets out on a journey to find answers, which may spell the end of life on Earth. The show will be executive produced by Kirkman through his Image Comics Skybound imprint, and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion.
Official Press Release
FOX International Channels (FIC),The Walking Dead Creator/Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics, and Circle of Confusion are developing a script based on Kirkman's upcoming comic book series set in the world of exorcism. This partnership emerged from a long-standing and successful relationship between Kirkman and FIC during the ongoing run of AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead, based on Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic book series, on which FIC is international partner.
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 serve as executive producer alongside The Walking Dead executive producer David Alpert of Circle of Confusion.
Kirkman states, "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."
"Exorcism has captivated movie audiences all over the world but has never been explored on television," said Sharon Tal Yguado, EVP Global Scripted Programming and Original Development at FIC. "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."
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About FOX International Channels
FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation's international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports, movie and lifestyle channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 44 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.4 billion cumulative households worldwide. FIC is dedicated to delivering high quality US content to its global viewers. We acquire, develop, produce and co-produce scripted and non-scripted programming for our linear and digital platforms including David Goyer's upcoming series Da Vinci's Demons, The Bridge, and the Golden Globes nominated hit series The Walking Dead. In the past five years FIC pioneered a global release strategy and is the first and only international TV company to release TV series' in 120 countries at the same time as the US. In addition FIC owns and operates two production studios that produce hundreds of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman's success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company's inception twenty years ago. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur and Thief of Thieves. In 2010, Kirkman formed his own Image imprint, Skybound, which publishes his own work and Witch Doctor, Invincible Universe and Clone. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and 2012. In April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He's the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit EmmyÂ®-winning television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles is www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com