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Outlander movie with Hollywood superstars planned years before smash TV show

April 5, 20245 Mins Read

Since being adapted for the small screen from Diana Gabaldon’s book series, Outlander has become one of the world’s most renowned TV shows. However, things could have been very different had earlier plans been executed.

It is more than three decades since Diana’s first book Outlander, also known as Cross Stitch, was published. The author has joked she wrote the now-classing 1991 story as “practice” for a “real novel”.

Perhaps as a hint of things to come, inspiration from the book came from one of the most beloved and iconic TV shows ever produced in the UK.

Diana revealed: “I happened to see a really old Doctor Who re-run. Jamie [The Second Doctor’s Scottish companion, played by Frazer Hines] struck me with his attitude and male gallantry and I thought the kilt was rather fetching.”

Some might also think the success of Outlander as a Starz show was preordained, but it seemed for a time it was destined for the big screen.

Diana Gabaldon(Image: David Levenson/Getty Images)

In an article on her own website, published before the award-winning TV series had been considered, Diana admitted the idea of an Outlander film had been floating around for some time.

When asked about the possibility of a live-action movie, she said: “Yes, the books have been optioned several times for their film rights, and Outlander is currently under option. It’s the sort of situation where you don’t hold your breath, but just wait and see what happens.”

When asked if she had an idea of who should be cast in the lead roles of Jamie and Claire Fraser, she revealed although she was aware of what the couple looked like, she had not yet seen any actors who look “strikingly like them”.

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