Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
October 30, 2008
Diana Gabaldon's popular "Outlander" series of fantasy novels are headed to the big screen. Essential Pictures is developing the franchise with a screenplay by Randall Wallace, of Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Habor, and We Were Soldiers. No director has been chosen yet, although the screenplay is currently out to filmmakers. The series, which began in 1991 with the novel "Outlander", tells the story of Claire Randall, the time-traveling wife of an 18th century Scottish Highlander named Jamie. Essential has fast-tracked the project and is hoping to quickly get it into production sometime next spring.
I'm not at all familiar with the books, so we'll rely on Amazon reviewers to provide some further insight. "Outlander" appears to be a romance novel more than anything but is "filled with adventure, religion, and human conscience." Unfortunately this sounds a bit too emotional for my own tastes. "Diana Gabaldon has a true gift for understanding human emotion and translating it for the rest of us to understand." Nothing actually wrong with that, I'm just not interested in seeing a romantic 18th century adventure on the big screen. Anyone familiar with the books that can convince me otherwise?