April 30th, 2013
Per deadline.com, four writers have been hired!
Joining Moore on Outlander are two writers who have worked with him before — Battlestar alumna Toni Graphia and Caprica‘s Matt Roberts — along with veteran showruner Ira Behr (Alphas, The 4400) and Anne Kenney (LA Law, Switched At Birth). ~ Nellie Andreeva/deadline.com
This is good news people! It indicates progress!
April 4th, 2013
In an interview with Startrek.com, Ron Moore mentioned the Outlander tv series for Starz:
I’m developing a series called Outlander for Starz, which is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon. The idea would be to do a season a book, and she’s done seven or eight books at this point. It’s sort of a big adventure period piece with a romance at the heart of it. If all goes well, they’d also go straight to series and not do a pilot first. So, we’re hopeful. ~ Ron Moore
January 4th, 2013
A quick update from Herself (click here for the full posting- you may want to, it’s verra funny in places) on progress of the show:
i. It’s being _developed_.
ii. It’s not (yet) being _produced_.
iii. There is no casting call at present.
November 6th, 2012
Finally! Outlander has a home with a cable network! Remember the tv series based on the Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth? It was so well-done (not to mention it was actually my gateway book to Outlander/Historical Fiction)! Also, the show Spartacus is on Starz—what a great place for Outlander to land!!!
Dan Roth from blastr.com couldn’t have said it better:
Ron Moore makes a great choice considering how well he’s handled complex character drama in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica. That prowess for balancing high-concept universes with rich personal stories could very well make Outlander the next Game of Thrones.
Ron Moore’s thoughts on the subject, from his Facebook page today:
Very excited to land Outlander at Starz. Think they have the right sensibility and the creative outlook to make this a tremendous project. They love the books and the pitch and I think this is going to be a great experience and deliver a great show for fans, old and new.
I wonder how long it will take? And who will they cast for REAL? Gahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!
October 24th, 2012
In last night’s interview with Diana Gabaldon at the Trail of Fire launch (minute mark 42:45) she mentions there will be a press release from Sony about the cable tv series as early as next week! Stay tuned for more details!
I think it’s worth noting that Wednesday, July 18th 2012, Ron Moore posted this on his fb page:
“Big fan of Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander books for many years, excited for the opportunity to do a FAITHFUL interpretation!”
GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! YAY YAY YAY YAY OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!
Diana Gabaldon posted on facebook July 17th, 2012:
WELL, ALRIGHTY, THEN…
Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.
Here’s what Diana Gabaldon herself said on her Facebook page on February 17th, 2012:
“Ooookay. We seem to have a little confusion here. Let me try to straighten things out a bit: 1. NO, there isn’t a movie. 2. YES, there is an option. A production company called Essential Entertainment has the option on the OUTLANDER series, and are working on the possibilites of _either_ a feature film or a mini-series. And that’s absolutely all I know about it. … 3. I don’t have One Thing to say about the casting of a movie. The production people are very polite about asking my opinion now and then, but they’re under no legal obligation to take it. 4. Many (manymanymany) nice fans have exercised their creativity by making “casting videos”, which they put up on YouTube. There are hundreds of these, ranging from the sublime to the absurd. THESE ARE NOT MOVIE TRAILERS (and I am rather surprised that so many people can’t tell that. Have you _ever_ seen a movie trailer that didn’t have the name of the production company, release information, and an info website on it?). I have a YouTube Channel, on which we collect quite a number of these (as well as video interviews with self): http://www.youtube.com/user/voyagesoftheartemis (This can also be accessed from my website – www.DianaGabaldon.com – click on “VIDEOS”.) 5. YES, there is a musical. Go to www.outlanderthemusical.com for information, a free download, and to hear snippets of all songs. All clear? Good.”
And on her Facebook page Sept 24th, 2011:
“So EVERYBODY (maybe a few _more_ than everybody) asks me “So what about a MOOOOOVIE?!?!” Well, here’s how it stands: The books have been optioned by Essential Entertainment, and they (EE) tell me that they’re pursuing development of both a feature film and a mini-series, and will see which of those projects looks most promising. They’ve hired Anne Peacock to write the script for the feature film, the script has been completed, and…that’s about all I know…”
DG basically said on her website ”don’t hold your breath,” but a fan can dream, aye?
I’ve included some links (in chronological order) to what else is floating out there in the ether (most websites list the exact same info as the sites I’ve linked for you below):
As of Jan 30th, 2012: http://www.dianagabaldon.com/other-projects/movies-mini-series-and-musicals/