The world premiere of the TV adaption of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel Outcast was recent held at South By South West (SXSW), and afterwards the director of the pilot episode, Adam Wingard (You're Next) and star of the series, Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) sat down to discuss the upcoming series.
For those that may not have read the comic, Outcast will, according to blastr, center around Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a man whose loved ones have been victims of demonic possession since he was a child. Now, as an adult Kyle tries to discover what is causing those possessions with the help of Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), and why he has special abilities. But what he could uncover may have some major consequences and “mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.”
Wingard shared his experience directing the pilot episode with Bloody Disgusting after coming from a film directing background. He said:
There’s definitely a different kind of time constraint. You’re on a much more accelerated schedule than you are on a film so that in and of itself was kind of scary for me. The main thing that was different for me is that when you’re making a feature film you’re making something that exists as a singular event, unless you’re setting up sequels and stuff. With this, you know that you’re trying to set up at least one season worth of episodes so for me I was trying to make my decisions like picking locations and casting and designing the look and feel of it. I had to ask myself “Is this something that’s duplicatable?” One of the things that helped me out was working with someone like David Tattersall, our cinematographer, who also shot The Walking Dead pilot. He’s shot so many movies from Green Mile to Speed Racer and everything in between. And he really helped me look at how to get through something like this. On the flip side of that coin, the network and everyone who’s putting all of this money in still want it to look and feel like a motion picture and not like a network series so you have all of these pressures to make it look and feel like that. Except in this case you only have half the time to do it.
He then went on to talk about how creator of the comic series, Robert Kirkman, had really helped with the transition of Outcast from page to screen, saying:
Fortunately for me all I can do really is put what was on the page and Robert [Kirkman, the creator] was a great guide in that sense that he has a very distinctive idea of what the tone and everything was.
Meanwhile, Fugit talked about his approach to the character of Kyle:
For me what’s interesting about Kyle is his story is dark and his circumstances are very dark, but I like to try to get across that Kyle’s a very bright person and has a very bright arc and has these circumstances that surround him in darkness. That’s what he succumbs to when we meet him in the first episode and any character that appears one way but inwardly is something else is interesting to me. I wanted to get that across. I didn’t want him to feel to dark or down or depressing or something like that.
And finally Wingard also talked about how possessions were handled in the film, and whether or not he did any extra research to aid in directing. He said:
Well I was already familiar with real-life possessions and a whole lot of different possession movies. The Exorcist is one of my favorite films. I sort of ironically but not really love The Exorcist II as well for different reasons. So for me I was really familiar with the idea but Robert’s approach to it was that he created this entirely new mythology to the way we were approaching the exorcisms and what I thought was fun was that you are watching characters who are looking at it the same way and playing by the rules that we know of it and then they’re kind of discovering that things are different and that this is the kind of thing that is a different reality than what we’re dealing with here. And that was also what drew me to the project to begin with. I didn’t want to do another Catholic exorcism movie or show. I want to tackle a lot of different sub-genres over the course of my career and exorcism is just one of those that is kind of lingering out there and if I’m going to do it it’s got to be something that’s really new and different and that’s what this is.
'Outcast' premieres on Cinemax on June 3, 2016
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Source: Bloody Disgusting