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Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon on movie, graphic novel with sketches of Jamie/Claire February 17, 2010

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Diana Gabaldon/Scotsman.com

Some odds & ends from OUTLANDER author Diana Gabaldon:

Movie news: Direct from Diana on her Web site ….  “There really isn’t any to speak of, but I know by this time that the fact that I don’t say anything isn’t sufficient to convince y’all that nothing’s going on. The option held by Essential Entertainment has expired, but they want to renew it, and we want to let them. So once that’s done, if anything’s changed or develops further, I’ll tell you, OK?”

Graphic novel: THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL, which is loosely based on OUTLANDER, will be released Sept. 28. Diana says there’s a new storyline in this novel because the story is told from Murtagh’s point of view. But she says  readers of the original will recognize many of the major events in the graphic novel. Diana wrote the script and the artwork is by Hoang Nguyen. Now — we all wanna know what Claire and Jamie look like! If you go to Diana’s site and click under “excerpts” at the top of the page and then go to the left-hand side of the page —  you’ll see she’s listed the graphic novel. Click on that and ou see links to some of the sketches. She’s got an early sketch of Jamie and one of Claire. So check it out! (CLICK HERE to get to her site. Follow the link that pops up.)

Book 8: She’s working on it and hopes to have an excerpt up on her Web site soon. She doesn’t have a publication date for Book 8. She also had this to say: “BTW, I don’t know where this silliness gets started, but evidently there’s some nitwit rumor going around to the effect that Echo is the last book of the series. Don’t be ridiculous; why on earth would I end it that way if it was? Have a little sense, now, people, would you? (No, I don’t know whether Book Eight is the last one, either. If it turns out that it is, I’ll mention it, though.  On the cover. In big red-foil letters.)”

CLICK HERE to read Claire Black’s recent interview with Diana Gabaldon in the Scotsman.com.


1. Catherine Schenck - April 18, 2010

I so want this to be a movie… But I really think in order to capture the entire book (that is every book) you would have to do it as a series on HBO or Showtime. I think a movie would cut too much out. Any comments? Do we know if a script has even been written yet?

Diana McCabe - April 18, 2010

There’s good discussion on the whole movie thing under “What’s happening with the movie” post. But I updated everything recently with this from Diana G’s website:

Movie news: Direct from Diana on her Web site …. “There really isn’t any to speak of, but I know by this time that the fact that I don’t say anything isn’t sufficient to convince y’all that nothing’s going on. The option held by Essential Entertainment has expired, but they want to renew it, and we want to let them. So once that’s done, if anything’s changed or develops further, I’ll tell you, OK?”

So all in a hold right now!

Thanks for stopping by. If you hear anything new — holler.


Janie U. - May 23, 2010

i toltaly agree with you. If they make a movie out of these awsome books they will completely ruin it like they did the Harry Potter books. i dont know if anyone has noticed but they leave a whole lot out.

Tina - April 17, 2011

I so agree, I would love to see it as mini series just to even start to do justice to the storyline.

2. Marie Diehl - May 3, 2010

Diana, I just read all 7 of the Outlander series and loved them. I hope HBO or Showtime does all the book’s. Can’t wait till the 8th one come’s out. Marie Diehl

Diana McCabe - May 3, 2010

Hi Marie — Her books are great! And we all are wondering if the series will be brought to the big screen etc. For now — nothing solid. But it’s nice to dream about it! Lots of folks have posted who they think should star in the various roles. Many have included links to their fave YouTube videos. But we will always have the books!!!!!


3. Erica Kawka Armeni - May 12, 2010

Hi everyone!

Diana`s books are enchanting. I am so anxious to watch the movie or a tv series. This story deserves to be put on screen as they did with Lord of the Rings etc.. I` ve checked on the internet and it seems that the movie is still in development.

May 12, 2010

Diana McCabe - May 12, 2010

Yes — her books are amazing! It will be interesting to see what develops on the film front. Right now — no movement from what I blogged in February. Essential Entertainment held the option but it has expired. Diana G said they want to renew it, and she wants to let them. And once that happened she would let folks know. Until then — we just wait and read her wonderful books! And that’s OK with me. I’m not sure how it would turn out on the big screen. I’d go see a movie and would just hope it would be as accurate to her books as possible!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

4. Sally - June 14, 2010

I was outraged at the end of Echo, so I knew for a fact that it could not end there. Waiting very patiently for the next book. I would also like to see a movie made for Outlander. I have been so inspired by all of your books that I have traveled to every place the books have been. On my trip to Scotland I was told about the first standing stones that inspired you to start Outlander. What a beautiful day I had walking from Culloden battle field to the stones. I want to thank you for all the wonderful reading time & the inspiration to travel the world alone.

Jacki - July 28, 2010

Hey Sally, I was kind of thrilled at the end of Echo because I KNEW there’d be another book! And I can’t wait.

5. Jacki - July 28, 2010

I’m so completely enthralled with Jamie and Claire that I almost fear a movie series or mini series because of the possibility of disappointment! How can anyone put 7,000 pages into multiple screen plays and not leave out significant portions? Having said that, I got impatient with waiting for Book 8, so I started over! I’ve read 1-5 again and am going to wait a bit before picking up “Snow and Ashes” and “Echo” again, so that I won’t have to wait as long for #8. I started the series about 5-6 years ago and forgot so much that “Outlander” and “Dragonfly in Amber” were almost like new reads! That was a bit scary! So this time I read more slowly, savoring every morsel. I’ve watched several of the clips and think Gerard Butler is stunning. Just needs a bit more red/auburn in his hair.

6. Jacki - July 28, 2010

(I put my e-m address in incorrectly.)

7. Lori Stocking - August 8, 2010

I think that the wrestler Drew McIntyre would make a perfect Jamie. Check him out. I’ve been waiting for a movie for years!!

8. Lori Stocking - August 8, 2010

The wrestler Drew McIntyre would make a perfect Jamie. Check him out. I’ve been waiting for a movie for years!!

9. Dawn - August 16, 2010

Sometimes I feel as though there IS a movie made, I have such a vivid image in my head of what things look like and what happened in the books, I catch myself looking for a movie to watch and want to watch the outlander movies…then realise its all in my head!

10. Simone - August 24, 2010

Gerard Butler would be an amazing choice as Jamie… actually the only choice for this series. I know some people think Kiera Knightly should be Claire but I think she would be better as Geneva. I always pictured Jonathon/Frank Randal to be like Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from HP movies). I think Claire could be an unknown just to mix it up a bit and to cast someone more like the description in the book.

11. Jacquelyn - September 1, 2010

Simone – I TOTALLY agree about casting Jason Isaacs as Frank Randal – when I saw him in “The Patriot” I thought, wow, he would be GREAT!

12. LK - September 3, 2010

If Gerard Butler ain’t Jamie I don’t think I can face watching my favourite books on screen.
Agree that Jason Isaacs is perfect as Black Jack Rendell and Murtagh has to be Robert Carlyle.

Please please don’t put a vertically challenged chap and certainly not Robert (yuck) Pattison in the Jamie role and if Keira Knightly is Claire I may have to burn my books in protest!

13. Joanna - September 8, 2010

I think Gerard Buttler has almost everything for a Jamie Fraser look except for the most important thing: His hair. I just don’t think he could pull off the Red hair and fair skin. I have someone in mind for Claire: Gemma Arterton. Look up her pictures. With gold contacts and curly hair, she’s the spitting image. My pick for Lord John Grey is Matthew Goode. Just make him blonde and walla!

14. CS - October 5, 2010

Brit actor Ben Barnes, who can sit a horse, brandish a sword, and spin a Scots accent, would be a perfect Jamie…..with the addition of red hair coloring and blue contact lenses. Scope him in “Dorian Gray.”

15. Juansmom - December 12, 2010

Drew McIntyre, the wrestler from WWE would be a great William, but not a Jamie. He has the height and heft, but his face is too pretty and boyish. I’ve watched the clips, and think Gerard Butler looks ok, but I picture someone larger, brawnier… redder. Rachel Weisz is a good choice, but if she and Gerald have already done something similar, it would feel too copycat. I love the idea of no names doing it, keeps us all in suspense… Olivier Martinez as Fergus? Fait accompli! And Jason Isaccs for Captain Jack Black Randall is who I always pictured when I read the novel. I giggled at the thought of Brad Pitt as Stephen Bonnet, it makes for great scenes! He does do a great psycho bad guy! And tiny chicks as Brianna, NOPE! she was NOT petite! No name here too!

16. Carol - January 17, 2011

How about a relatively new guy that isn’t really new, but a bit unknown. I’m thinking Jack Huston. He’s 6′, English, and hot. Jamie doesn’t have to have bright red hair, can’t it be a bit on the auburn side? Let’s give this guy a chance. He played Wulfric in “Outlander” which is an entirely different Outlander than Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander. If not Jamie, then how about Stephen Bonnet?

17. Nikkie - January 25, 2011

I just discovered this series and I am greatly enjoying it. I don’t think I’d like to see it on screen though. Hollywood always ruins them for me. However True blood is fantastic but not at allthe same as the Charlaine Harris books. I think I would prefer to leave it in my imagination!

18. an American Scot - January 26, 2011

I have to say that I am caught. I would love to see a film made or a mini series but on the other hand I know a lot of the detail would be left out. I feel as though it is all the detail that Diana puts into the books is what makes us want to read them. With out the small detail it is just another war love story. I have found content is watching documentaries on England, Scotland and America in the the 18th century. Watching these about the charterers that are true to history has kind of quenched my thirst. So here is to waiting for the next book. To tide me over I am going to be getting “Songs of Love and Death” and waiting for the Companion II and “Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner”.

19. Teresita - January 31, 2011

I would love to see Robert pattinson play Jamie Fraser. I think he has the look..Maybe not built like Jamie but I can picture him as Jamie. He is one of my favorite actors.

Diana McCabe - January 31, 2011

Oh No! The Shiny Vampire guy from Twilight as Jamie??? Ummmmm — gotta say I don’t see him in that role! (Besides the Twilight movies, what are your other fave Robert P. films?)

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

20. Lissa - February 20, 2011

How about Patrick Wilson as Jamie? He has the cheek bones and nose. And then Amanda Righetti as Breanna.

21. Kathryn H/Fletcher - February 23, 2011

I am so happy that these wonderful people that I have come to love are going to be around for a while. I just finished An Echo in the bone and loved it. I can not wait to read the next book.(HURRY PLEASE). I would love to know if indeed there is a movie in the making and if so when is its release. Keep Writing these wonderful books I love Jamie and Clair and Bree and Roger and I have loved the new people you have introduced great great book Thank you Kathy

22. Mish - March 16, 2011

Laura Prepon as Brianna
Keri Russel as Claire

23. vj - May 15, 2011

Hmmmm, Keri Russel as Claire … I could live with that. How about Kevin McKidd for Jamie?

24. Lissa - May 15, 2011

Kevin McKidd is a hottie but, he’s to old to play young Jamie. I’d HATE it if they made a younger version of him with CG like, they did in the new Tron movie with Jeff Bridges.

25. Angie - May 30, 2011

Kevin McKidd would make a great older Jamie…Gerard Butler is really nice to look at but Im not sure if he can pull off the Jamie role…how about Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Jamie.contact and red hair maybe …maybe Rachel McAdams as clair .

26. Angie - May 30, 2011

A Thought… I was thinking they could do a series of movies like
Love Comes Softly is a 2003 Christian drama television movie set in the 19th century, based on a series of books by Janette Oke. there are 8 movies in all…that would work for me…as long as they dont leave out all the details…

27. Nicole - May 31, 2011

I think they should cast ‘unkowns’ in the parts of Claire and Jamie-who actually look like the characters in the books.
Gerard Butler is great but too old and nothing like Jamie!! Jamie has to have that vulnerability.
And definitely agree with above of not to leave anything out!
Just wish they would hurry and make the movie/series!!

28. Catherine Schenck - May 31, 2011

I agree – I just wish they would go a head and make this a movie already… I don’t know what they are waiting on…

29. Lisa Vine - July 7, 2011

I think…Minnie Driver-Claire, Gerard Butler-Jamie, Frank/ Jonathan Randal-Jonathan Rhys Myers, Jennie- Jennifer Connely.so Many choices. I agree it should be picked up by ShoTime or HBO. A major movie would cut so much out! Let’s hope if this comes to fruition they will stick to every book and not lose any important story lines.

30. an American Scot - July 14, 2011

Anna Kendrick as Claire!

31. ellie - September 2, 2011

Hurry up! 🙂 LOLOL

32. Jacki - September 6, 2011

Instead of a “mini” series — how about a “maxi” series — and not leave out a single word. I don’t even have HBO or Showtime, but I’ll surely subscribe if I know I get to watch every minute of each and every book. (Aaahh. Just fantasizing it all now.) I’ve read them all twice now, as well as all the Lord John books. My husband might flip out if I start them all the third time.

33. Anthea Taylor - October 9, 2011

This is my favourite series. I have been reading these books for so long now and I have been in love with Jamie for the whole time. It would be such a shame for them not to make a movie or a HBO series… I think they should get unknowns to play the parts of Jamie and Claire…I do feel sorry for the actor who will play Jamie, having to learn Gaelic….it is hard enough to read…lol! I can’t wait for them to make it….Please don’t compare the Twilight movies to this….it will ruin it for everyone else! Let the world fall inlove with Jamie and Claire through film

34. Katherine Dean - May 29, 2012

PLEASE let it be a series & not a movie. If they could do a much better job with Jane Asten Pride & Pred in a series than the movie just imagine what they could do with the cross stitch series.
And such a small novel for the 5 series but they were TRUE to the book.
It would break so many fans hearts if so much material was cut for a movie no matter how long the movie was to be.

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