Perhaps realizing that TV audiences have an appetite for serialized and sweeping period epics (thanks, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus”), Sony Pictures TV have attached former “Battletar Galactica” head honcho Ron Moore and his luscious locks to adapt the series of “Outlander” novels by writer Diana Gabaldon for them. The books are apparently big-time popular in its native Scotland, with cottage industries like guided tours to locations mentioned in the books for tourists and fans in existence. There have been seven books in the series so far, the first one written almost 20 years ago. So what’s it all about? Glad you asked.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.
Moore is kind of an odd choice to adapt this kind of material. He’s the guy who did the grim and bleak “Battlestar Galactica”, after all, and before that, he served on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Roswell”. Though I guess working on “TNG” might have prepared him for the time-travel aspects of “Outlander” and its, er, rogue-ish romantic aspects. I guess.
In any case, Sony Pictures TV and Moore will be searching for a home for their project with a cable network sometime next week. It certainly sounds like they’re approaching this as cable TV or bust, which I guess is another reason to thank “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus” and their period epic ilks.
And yes, everytime I hear the word “Outlander”, this immediately pops into my head:
Via : Deadline