Robert Kirkman had a busy week at San Diego Comic-Con promoting the next season of The Walking Dead on TV, plus discussing The Walking Dead in the comics, but today we will take a look at two new cinematic offerings from Kirkman.
The trailer for Skybound Entertainment’s AIR premiered at SDCC, which stars Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. The film is produced by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead and producer of the AMC adaptation. Reedus has obviously risen to a new level of fame in the geek community due to his portrayal of Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, so SDCC is the perfect place to release the first trailer for their new film, which you can check out below.
In the last livable place on Earth, the two men tending to humanity’s last hope are starting to lose their grip on their own sanity.
While we don’t see too much revealed in the trailer, it certainly sets up an ominous atmosphere for Reedus and Hounsou to shine in, while showing images of a war torn country, implying this is set in a post-apocalyptic world. CBR has more from the Skybound panel:
Directed by Christian Cantamessa from a script he wrote with Chris Pasetto, the film is set in an underground facility that houses cryogenically frozen people who are intended to re-establish society after nuclear fallout renders Earth’s atmosphere unbreathable.
“The film is full of hope,” Cantamessa said during Skybound’s Comic-Con panel. “It’s just my way to kind of give hope that there is a future, and the best way to experience it is maybe seeing the other side first, and then you can appreciate what you’ve got,” the director said. “I think the best science-fiction is talking about our society and our world.”
AIR is slated to release spring 2015.
Kirkman also confirmed that Cinemax is moving ahead with a pilot on an adaptation of his new series Outcast, which has just released the first issue.
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) July 25, 2014
Kirkman may have made a name for himself with zombies, but his newest series Outcast - with art by Paul Azaceta - takes a look at another staple of horror with demonic possession. The series follows Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by possession his entire life. He decides it’s time to find the answers he needs, but those answers might just mean the end of life on Earth.
“Despite the success of The Walking Dead, Outcast is only my second foray into the horror genre,” Kirkman said previously. “I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies–so this is going to be fun.”
Early reports had stated that Cinemax was looking to develop Outcast long before the first issue even dropped, but with Kirkman’s official confirmation we might see yet another of his horror series take off on the small screen.
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Images: Skybound Entertainment, Image Comics