Even creator Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the collection of novels that Starz’s Outlander is predicated on, was blindsided by the announcement of a prequel present.
Even creator Diana Gabaldon was stunned by the current announcement that Outlander could be getting a prequel. The collection, which premiered on Starz in 2014, aired season 6 this Spring and has already been renewed for an impending season 7. Based mostly on Gabaldon’s bestselling collection of novels, it follows Claire Randal (Caitríona Balfe), a World Struggle II nurse who is shipped again in time to 1743 Scotland and falls in love with the dashing Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in the course of the time of the Jacobite rebellion. The present additionally stars Duncan Lacroix, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Graham McTavish, and The Crown star Tobias Menzies.
This week, it was introduced that Starz is in energetic growth on a prequel collection titled Outlander: Blood of my Blood. The collection is ready to observe the origin story of Jamie’s mother and father, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, each of whom had already handed away earlier than Claire and Jamie met. The present is being shepherded by author and showrunner Matthew B. Roberts, who’s an govt producer on the unique collection. Though it appears sure that the collection would monitor their love story by way of their marriage in the course of the Nice Gathering, at present there have been no bulletins made relating to plot particulars, forged, or launch date for the Outlander spin-off.
A number of hours after the announcement was made, Gabaldon reacted on her Fb account. She made a put up taking umbrage with the truth that she was listed as a consulting producer, saying she would not know what that position is and “nobody has talked to me about being one.” She admits that she is within the strategy of writing a e-book about Brian and Ellen, however that she at present has “no concept what the timing of the present is likely to be, or to what extent the show-runners plan to make use of the e-book.” She took pains to notice that she could also be concerned within the present sooner or later, however she is just not at this present cut-off date. Learn the total textual content of the put up beneath:
Effectively….THIS is fascinating…
Word that I do not know what a “Consulting Producer” is, and nobody has talked to me about being one. This doesn’t suggest that I will not be concerned with the present, however I’ve no particulars in the meanwhile.
Sure, I am writing Brian and Ellen’s story. I do not know what the timing of the present is likely to be, or to what extent the show-runners plan to make use of the e-book (insofar because it exists by that time). “In growth” is just not the identical factor as being green-lit; it simply means they’re beginning to put collectively the items.
I am simply mentioning it right here as a result of Starz introduced it as we speak on Twitter and Fb, so figured everybody could be eager to learn about it.
It is actually peculiar that Starz didn’t attain out to the creator earlier than making this announcement, particularly contemplating the truth that the prequel is according to a novel she is already at work on. She additionally works usually with the primary Outlander collection. On high of her credit score because the creator of the books, she has served as a advisor, made a cameo throughout a season 1 episode, and even written a number of episodes.
Whereas Gabaldon appears to be startled by the announcement, she has clearly left the door open to becoming a member of the Outlander prequel. Hopefully, Starz reaches out quickly, because the optics of this case could not show to work out properly for them if they do not. Followers of the collection may also wish to be sure that Gabaldon is concerned, so the present might be as near her intentions for the brand new novel as attainable.
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