Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the BFI London Film Festival
Movie News

First Still From The Journey Released
Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
Bel Powley Joins Wilding
Co-starring in the elevated horror thriller
Ellie Kendrick Cast In The Levelling
Game Of Thrones actress starring in flood drama
Transformers Franchise Planned Up To Part 8
Ten more years in the works
Sam Smith's Spectre Theme Released
UPDATE: Now with promo video
More Movie News

30 September 2015
First Image Of Andrew Garfield In Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson's new war drama starts filming
More Movie News

Heaven Is For Real (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Secretariat (2010)
Empire Star Rating
RV: Runaway Vacation
Empire Star Rating
Men In Black 2
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Randall Wallace To Adapt Outlander
Fantasy novels could become a franchise

30 October 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Looks like we could have another fantasy franchise on our hands, following the news that fledgling production company, Essential Pictures, has hired Randall Wallace to adapt Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of novels for the big screen.

The series, which comprises six novels so far with a seventh on the way, focuses on the adventures of an 18th century Scot, Jamie Fraser, and his time-travelling wife, Claire, and is not to be confused with the forthcoming Outlander, the demented aliens-vs-vikings movie starring Jim Caviezel and Jack Huston.

What it is, though, is a genre-bending, centuries-spanning romantic adventure that contains plenty of action, a few neat twists (the heroine, Claire, is married to a guy in the 20th century before she travels back in time; the main villain, 'Black Jack' Randall, is a doppelganger of her modern-day husband) and the sort of swoonsome love story that could have them weeping in the aisles.

And, refreshingly for a fantasy movie, there's not a dragon in sight.

So, it's Highlander meets Back To The Future, then? Sounds like it might be worth keeping an eye on.

Essential has put the project out to a number of directors, with a view to starting production next Spring. The company aims to make two to three movies a year, budgeted between $10-$40 million.

They're also involved with a romantic comedy, Bronwyn And Clyde, which could see Barry Sonnenfeld make a return to directing, from a script by Tom Vaughan and Kristy Dobkin.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Joaquin Phoenix To Quit Acting...
Star to focus on singing career
Sam Mendes To Direct Preacher
Graphic novel series gets the go-ahead

Your Comments

About time someone adapted these books for the big screen
Will be interesting to see who they cast in the lead roles... More

Posted by jlewis at 19:05 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: All Very Well And Good....
L: Rgirvan44 And where is the vikings vs aliens movie of the same name? Can someone please release that! sp; 20th Feb 09 according to IMDB. And its got Ron Perlman in it! More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 12:03 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: All Very Well And Good....
And where is the vikings vs aliens movie of the same name?   Can someone please release that! More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:26 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

All Very Well And Good....
.......but when is someone going to do Stephens Kings The Dark Tower? More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 11:22 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)