Robert Kirkman is best known as the driving force behind The Walking Dead, the wildly successful comic book that begat the wildly successful television series on AMC. His first foray onto the small screen has been such a rousing success that now the writer has scored a new development deal with Fox International Channels. In his latest endeavor Kirkman will leap from one horror staple — zombies — to another equally frightening proposition — exorcisms.
While specifics, like a title, are being kept under wraps, the series will definitely delve into the religious world of possession and exorcism, and will be based on a new comic that Kirkman already has in the works. Image Comics, the publishers of Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, will also release this new venture, and if it stays true to Kirkman’s aesthetic, prepare yourself for some bleak times ahead.
The story is set to follow the adventures of a young man named Kyle Barnes. His entire life, since childhood, possession has been a constant problem. You can imagine how occasionally being taken over by a malevolent spiritual entity could put a crimp in your childhood. As a fully-grown adult, Kyle must go on a quest to find answers to the questions that have dogged him since he was a boy. Here’s the kicker: “What he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.”
That sounds like suitably dark territory, story-wise as well as thematically, for Kirkman’s sensibilities. You can imagine lots of bloody battles, grim personal situations, and tough choices for characters to make. But as harsh as Kirkman’s stories can be, he always plants a little seed of hope that keeps them from being entirely soul crushing.