Sony Pictures to make an OUTLANDER TV series!
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV has closed a deal for the rights to Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore will write the series adaptation, with Jim Kohlberg’s Story Mining and Supply Co producing. The project will be taken to cable networks this week.You can read the full article here.
Diana Gabaldon made the following announcement on Compuserve this afternoon (and similar announcements on Facebook and Twitter):
Dear All--In response to someone who asked if this deal was only for the first book in the series, Diana said:
Yes, it's true! While the final contracts aren't yet signed, we do have a deal with SONY Pictures for development of a cable-TV series based on the OUTLANDER novels. (cable-TV means things like HBO, Showtime, Starz, Netflix, etc.)
No, options for a series always cover all books in the series; they don't want to make the first one, have a big hit, and then have the writer hold them up for a billion dollars for the second one. <wry g>I'm sure you're wondering how much influence Diana will have over the production. Here's what she had to say about that:
Well, IF it actually happens <g>, I'll be a consultant and co-producer. No power, but they do talk to me.Here's a comment from Ronald D. Moore on Twitter:
"Big fan of @Writer_DG’s Outlander books for many years, excited for the opportunity to do a FAITHFUL interpretation!"Let's hope he really means it.
Please keep in mind that the project is still in the early stages. We have NO news about casting, NO news about a projected premiere date, NO news about which specific cable or pay-TV channel it might air on. I promise to keep you all updated if I hear anything further!
This is very exciting! I have long been skeptical about the idea of an OUTLANDER movie, but a TV series certainly has a lot of potential. IF it's done right. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
UPDATE 7/22/2012 7:06 pm: Diana Gabaldon has posted a new FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on her website that goes into more detail about the TV series.