Robert Kirkman's premiere of Outcast at SXSW: Why he hopes someone walks out
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will present the world premiere of his latest comic-book adaptation series when Cinemax’s Outcast screens on March 14 inside the Vimeo Theater in Austin as part of the South by Southwest festival.
Following the screening will be a panel hosted by Kumail Nanjiani that includes creator and exec producer Kirkman, showrunner and exec producer Chris Black, cast member Patrick Fugit, and director of the pilot, Adam Wingard. Kirkman spoke to EW about the screening and what to expect from the first episode of the exorcism drama that follows protagonist Kyle Barnes (Fugit), whose life has been plagued by demonic possession among those closest to him.
And as a bonus we have two images: an episodic one of Fugit (above), along with a behind-the-scenes shot (below) of actors Fugit and Gabriel Bateman sitting opposite Kirkman and Wingard.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you’re premiering this at South by Southwest. I have to assume you’re excited to finally show this sucker off.
ROBERT KIRKMAN: I love Austin, Texas. I love South by Southwest. I hear it’s a great audience. I haven’t ever screened anything there that I’ve been present for. So, [I’m] very excited about that. You know, maybe a little nervous. It’s the first pilot I’ve written, so I’m anxious to see what the reaction to that is, but I’m mostly excited. I think it’s going to be very cool.
What’s it going to be like to watch it with an audience and getting to see how other people react to what you wrote?Every time we do it with The Walking Dead, it’s an amazing experience just because you don’t watch television in movie theaters with other people very often. It’s great to get to hear people react to your work, and see how they feel. We did actually do a very small screening for some international television buyers for international networks a couple of months back, and somebody got up and left in the middle of the screening because it was “too intense,” and that’s awesome. You can’t go wrong there. So I’m hoping that happens in Austin. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll be disappointed.
So how does this compare on the disgusting gross-out meter to The Walking Dead?
It’s very hard to out-gross The Walking Dead just because of the zombies and all that kind of stuff, but I would say that we have done it by being disturbing and violent in completely different ways — in ways that we definitely would not be able to on Walking Dead. So it’s as intense a feel and experience as The Walking Dead and as a startling an experience as The Walking Dead, but it is also startlingly different. So you’ll get the same kind of feelings, but in much different ways from Outcast.
You shot a poor girl in the face in The Walking Dead pilot, and knowing issue 1 of Outcast as I do, I can only assume that you’re once again going to be doing terrible things to children all over again here as well.
We definitely top the little bunny slipper zombie moment.
Kirkman’s Outcast panel takes place Monday, March 14 at 1:15 p.m.