Starz announced yesterday that they’ve renewed hit show Outlander for both seasons three and four. Multi-season renewals seem to be getting more common recently, and I don’t always think they’re the best idea, but here I think it makes a lot of sense. In a show of this scope, especially, knowing that the end of given season (here season three) will not possibly have to serve as an ending for the show as a whole opens up new storytelling possibilities.
And, of course, there’s plenty of source material. The press release specifically states that seasons three and four will be based on books three and four – Voyager and Drums of Autumn – but I do wonder how closely the show will stick to the books as it goes on, and if it even should. Things work differently on the screen than on the page, and I’d hope they’d allow themselves the freedom to tell the story in the way that best suits this format. In any case, there are eight main books so far, which both a book nine and a prequel supposedly in the works, as well as a related mystery series, so they’re not running out of story any time soon.
Good news! Starz has renewed Outlander; the second season will be based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber. I’d wondered how quickly the plot was going to move, so that’s good to know. Here’s part of the statement from creator Ron Moore, via Variety: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing another season of this show for Starz. This project has been a labor of love from the very beginning and it’s incredibly gratifying to see it succeed with viewers and critics alike.” Are you happy about this one?
In this new video from Starz, author Diana Gabaldon, showrunner Ronald D. Moore, and stars Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Heughan, and Tobias Menzies talk about their experiences making Outlander. Not for the first time, Moore makes a point of saying he’s not trying to ruin the source material, which is an interesting touch and perhaps a nod to the very enthusiastic fanbase. Outlander premieres on August 9th.
Here’s a Friday afternoon treat for enthusiastic Outlander fans: Starz recently held a fan Q&A in New York with executive producer Ron Moore and author Diana Gabaldon, and now they’ve made the whole 49-minute video available for fans elsewhere to watch, as well. Enjoy!
Finally! Deadline is reporting that Irish actress Caitriona Balfe (Now You See Me) has been cast in the lead role of Claire Randall in Outlander, opposite Sam Heughan as Jamie. Thoughts? Opinions? I’m mostly just glad we finally know who will be Claire!
After all the back and forth of a premature announcement a few days ago, TVLine now claims that it’s official: Sam Heughan is our Jamie Fraser. So, the big question: Are they dyeing his hair, and how is that going to look? (I don’t know whether he can act, so I am choosing not to worry about that for now. Let’s be shallow and focus on his looks!) Outlander will start filming in the fall. No word on Claire or other casting yet.