VIDEO: Starz Releases First Footage of Outlander
by Natalie Abrams
Starz has released the first footage from Outlander!
Based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is about Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior (Sam Heughan).
Outlander fans will be happy to know that executive producer Ron Moore told reporters on Friday that his adaptation would stay true to Gabaldon’s vision. “There is a dedicated base of fans who love these books who have read them for many years, and it’s the favorite book to a lot of people,” Moore said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “I take that obligation seriously. I want to give them their story, but I do have to translate it into a different medium because there are differences of being a reader and being a member of an audience. So in the writer’s room, we always start with the book… Maybe we change or maybe we add some things that could have happened, but aren’t mentioned there. Maybe we have to change something, but we always take pains to get back to where the book takes us because that’s our job.”
However, the series will kick off a little differently than the first novel. “The book starts rather slowly, and you can do that in a book because the prose will draw people in, but we need to see Claire in her element,” Gabaldon said, describing Moore’s want to get to the heart of Claire immediately. “‘So what I would like to do,’ he said, ‘is start with maybe a two-minute prologue set in World War II where we see Claire in a World War II field military hospital doing what she does, blood spurting, sewing people back together, being the very competent and resilient person that she is,’ and I was going, ‘Yeah, yeah, sounds great.'”
Already planning ahead, Moore revealed that each season would roughly cover one book, though he reserved the right to change that. “Some of the books are much bigger than other books,” he said. “Some might require more than a season. Sometimes you might even want to start a season here and bleed it into there. I hope I have such problems.”
Check out the first footage below and hit the comments with your excitement for Starz’s Outlander:
Outlander will premiere this summer on Starz.