October 7th, 2013
September 16th, 2013
Young Hamish has been cast! http://www.thewrap.com/starzs-outlander-finds-young-hamish-mackenzie-exclusive/
September 11th, 2013
Claire has been cast, her name is CAITRIONA BALFE! Post up soon!
September 10th, 2013
Murtagh has been cast, it’s Duncan Lacroix. I’ll have a post up soon. More casting news to come today per Herself!
September 5th, 2013
Dougal & Colum have been cast, read about it here: “Legends of Scottish Acting” to Portray Colum & Dougal, Brothers MacKenzie.
September 2nd, 2013
Lookie what I found on Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook wall, posted yesterday (9-1-13):
Hello Diana and Outlander Fans- My name is Terry Moore and I am the Costume Designer (along with Glenne Campbell) on the Outlander series.
Thrilled to talk to you. I have been a fan of the books since they came out and think I am up to my eighth reading. I listen to them while I draw or cook for the family. I am one of you. Even went to a book signing to hear Diana speak, many moons ago.
My husband is Ron Moore, and he will do the books proud. If he doesn’t, he lives with a die hard fan who will not feed him anymore…
That’s awesome LOL!
September 1st, 2013
More about Stephen Walters & his role as Angus Mhor: Angus Mhor Gets a Promotion (and a Reduction?).
August 29th, 2013
Angus Mhor & Mrs Fitz have been cast! Until I get a post up, check out this article on tvguide.com
August 8th, 2013
We have a Frank/Black Jack Randall! See this post for details: We Have a Frank AND a Black Jack Randall
July 23rd, 2013
“We’re at pains to really follow the [Outlander] books,” he [Ron Moore] says to assure concerned readers. “One of the great things was Starz said to us early on was, ‘We love the books, we think they are great so let’s make the [show] for the people who love the books. Let’s make it for the fans of the books first and trust that anyone who doesn’t know the material will get swept along in the story like everyone else does.’ Nobody ever says that,” Moore laughs. “Typically studios and networks just say, ‘Yeah, we don’t really care about the book. We bought it for the cover or whatever…’ and then dispense with it very early on [in the process]. This was the rare time when everybody said this is great material and we like the story and these characters so let’s try to get as close to the books as possible in the show and that’s what we are doing.” ~ Ron Moore, http://www.blastr.com/2013-7-23/we-caught-ron-moore-comic-con-talk-helix-and-outlander
July 20th, 2013
We know the production location for the tv series in Scotland: Cumbernauld. Official start date: Sept 13, 2013.
The Herald reports today that a converted warehouse in Cumbernauld will be used for up to 38 weeks, between now and next year, in a production which will see 16 episodes of the US show produced.An adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of seven books –which sold more than 20 million copies, the show Outlander tells the story of characters Clair and James Fraser, who use time travel to travel between the 18th and 20th century periods of Scotland.The series will see 200 crew come to Scotland, with more than 2000 supporting artist roles cast from Scotland and the rest of the UK, as the show’s top executives prepare to visit the ‘Nauld.” ~ Cumbernauld-media.com
July 9th, 2013
It’s official! Sam Heughan will portray Jamie Fraser! Gahhhhhhhhhh! JAMMF in the flesh! See this post for details: It’s official: Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser!
July 6th, 2013
Check out my blog post about Jamie Fraser casting rumors: Sam Heughan: Jamie Fraser or What?
June 27th, 2013
On June 25th, nydailynews.com’s David Hinckley reported:
Starz is betting on geek chic.
The network known for over-the-top epics with lots of sex and violence has ordered a 16-episode first season of “Outlander,” a time travel fantasy adventure based on Diana Gabaldon‘s best-selling series of books…
Also from the same article:
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht did promise “history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare.”
This just confirms for me that Starz is the perfect home for Outlander.
They got MOBY’s release date wrong, but if you want to read more of the article visit http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/starz-orders-time-travel-series-outlander-article-1.1382134
June 25th, 2013
So much activity in the Outlander Universe today!
First and foremost, STARZ officially announced on their website that Outlander is an original series currently in development:
STARZ and Sony Pictures Television are partnering to create Outlander, an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling books. The seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released in the fall of 2013.
Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in to irreconcilable lives. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one grandiose tale. ~ Starz.com
Second, Ron Moore said THIS on his facebook wall:
Exciting news today with the official announcement that Outlander is picked up for a 16 episode first season and I’m sure many of you are balancing your excitement with worry about how faithful we’ll be to the original material. Let me tell you right from the start that we’re fans of the books and our first priority is to be as true to the characters and the story that Diana Gabaldon has given us as we can. Put simply, our goal is to realize Outlander, not reinvent it. More updates to come as we roll into preproduction — stay tuned. ~ Ron Moore
(Note the “Put simply our goal is to realize Outlander, not reinvent it” ? That makes me verra, verra happy!)
Third, there is now an official facebook page for the tv series: https://www.facebook.com/OutlanderTVSeries.starz?fref=ts
June 24th, 2013
We have a casting agency!
“Gillian Reynolds Casting” is handling Outlander.
Located in Dublin, Ireland, Gillian Reynolds has been associated with *feature films such as “Count of Monte Cristo,” “Reign of Fire”and the Starz series “Camelot.”
Their facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gillian-Reynolds-Casting/410800502348357?fref=ts
Their website is: http://gillreynoldscasting.blogspot.ie/
An intern for the agency is blogging about her experiences there. She recently had this to say:
Yesterday we spent our entire time in a hotel conducting casting auditions. These auditions were pretty cool because they were for an American television series called Outlander. It is produced by Sony and will be run on Starz within the next year. Outlander is a tv series based out of Scotland, which you can see why they came to an Irish casting agency for actors. The coolest part was that the role that was being auditioned for was for one of the lead male roles who is supposed to be a dreamy dreamy guy, therefore, I got to see a lot of beautiful Irish actors throughout the day. ~ Maggie Hamilton, My time across “the pond” – summer 2013
Lucky lucky lucky girl!!!
As soon as I know more I’ll let you guys know!
* They did not handle casting for Braveheart as previously reported.
June 9th, 2013
It would appear the rest of the world is starting to take notice of our beloved Outlander. Check out this comment from the article “Scotland gets its own Game of Thrones,” published June 6th:
“The series has the potential to become Scotland’s answer to the hugely successful American fantasy series Game of Thrones, filmed on location in Northern Ireland.” ~ Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman
Have we Outlander fans not been saying that all along?
June 4th, 2013
Diana had this to say on her facebook wall today:
OK, a slight correction: the production people tell me that the sixteen episodes are all for the _first_ season. (And if all goes well with that…they then might get a second season. This is kind of how television works, you know?)
Many thanks for your delight and enthusiasm! I’m sure with support from you, the show will do just fine. <smile>
As for the “oh, they’ll RUIN it/oh,I can’t stand… to watch/oh, it’ll be cheap and cheesy/oh, they’re sure to mess up the characters/destroy the storyline, etc., etc., etc.”…comments, you guys are of course welcome to your opinions, too–but feel free to curb your enthusiasm at any time. <cough>
I am NOT writing this show. I am not CASTING this show. I do not have CONTROL over this show. (I do have input, and the production people are very kind about asking my opinion on things. This does not mean they have a legal obligation to take it. <wry g>)
You know why not? Because I don’t want to. I’m a novelist, not a screen-writer. I’m a naturally solitary writer–I don’t even have research assistants; my books are mine alone. Screen-writing, by contrast, is an intensely collaborative business.
Scripts go through dozens (literally) of iterations, being worked on by any number of people–then reworked by other people, over and over. A new director (for a show or an episode) can insist on a new direction or changes; an influential actor can ask for changes. Multiple writers means constant–and I do mean constant–collaboration.
I’m not a team player. (Ask anybody. <g>) AND I have books to write. Were I to be involved in a TV series beyond simple consulting, it would suck my soul, waste my life, prevent me ever writing another book, and be generally a Bad Idea. I’m not doing it.
I would also probably not be good at it, whereas I have a good deal of faith in the very experienced and talented people who _are_ doing it. I saw the pilot script and thought it was an amazingly good adaptation (by marked contrast to various film scripts I’ve seen over the years <shudder>).
So, you know….chill. <g> Cross your fingers, hope for the best, and if you can’t stand to watch, wait and read the reviews, and if it looks OK, you can get the DVD. <g>
June 1st, 2013
SO- this morning during the breakfast conference at North American Publishing Expo NYC , Diana Gabaldon said Starz has officially signed on to make the Outlander series; she signed the contract last night! She said they’ve ordered 16 episodes, filming will take place in Scotland, is expected to begin sometime in September and she speculated it would be ready to air in April 2014! That’s less than a year!!!
I just found this:
I’ve learned that Starz has given a series order to Outlander, a drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. I hear the project, from Battlestar Galactica developer Ron Moore and Sony Pictures TV, has received a 16-episode order, with production slated to begin in October in Scotland where the books are set. I hear Gabaldon let the news of the greenlight slip at Book Expo America 2013. The news comes a month after Outlander opened a writers room, with Moore hiring four scribes to work with him — Toni Graphia, Matt Roberts, Ira Behr and Anne Kenney. This marks Sony’s first series for Starz. ~ Nellie Andreeva, deadline.com
Now for the casting…
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/