Diana Gabaldon talks about the Outlander movie
There is a great post on author Diana Gabaldon’s website, where she talks about Essential Productions optioning her book, Outlander. She clears up quite a few questions about the possible movie of her first book in the Outlander series.
One of the things she mentions, which I have been wondering about, is the impossibility of translating such an enormous, richly detailed novel into a 2 to 2 1/2 hour movie.
Of course, the thing that is on everyone’s mind is the casting for Jamie Fraser. (See the great Jamie Fraser casting call on The Thrillionth Page.)
In the her post, Ms Gabaldon says:
I can also tell you that a) yes, Gerard Butler is a fine-looking specimen of Scottish manhood, even if he is a Lowlander, but b) I think he might have difficulty playing a 22-year-old virgin; c) Keira Knightley would probably make an excellent Claire (she has the accent and the capacity for sarcasm), if she gained forty pounds, but d) James McAvoy is probably a wonderful actor, but he’s only 5’7”, for heaven’s sake.
Well, there’s hope for James Murray, yet!
Here are a few other things not to be missed on Diana Gabaldon’s website:
- Excerpts from her books, including her upcoming new contemporary mystery, Red Ant Hill and the upcoming Outlander installment, An Echo in the Bone.
- Podcasts, where Ms Gabaldon talks about her books, the craft of writing, and reads from her works.
- Interviews, that extend back to the release of Outlander.