In the ongoing saga of bringing the Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series to life, the series has now moved closer than ever to becoming a reality. Premium cable channel, Starz, has moved it into development and has officially picked up the books to become a cable series. Their popular series, Spartacus, is coming into its last season starting in January and Outlander will be the replacement.
“Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, confirmed the network had picked up Outlander during a conference call to discuss parent Liberty Media’s Q3 2012 financial results.
‘I am pleased to announce on this call a newly secured development project from our partners at Sony Television,” he said. “The historical fantasy series Outlander is based on the best-selling, award-winning series of novels from Diana Gabaldon.'”
Now the drama about who will be cast as who and who else will be involved in the project can begin. There is no date as to when the series will move to the shooting stage or a release date.
Here is the synopsis for the first book:
“Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine. English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she’s somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank’s evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders’ daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frnak and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie. Claire’s resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward.”
I once again encourage you to pick up the first book.
Source: C21 Media