I’m so excited!!
A few years ago a read four books by a lady called Diana Gabalden.
They have just been picked up for a MAJOR new production.
The following if from the Sky news website……
Around 200 British jobs will be created with the filming of a new American science fiction television series in Scotland.
The US cable network Starz and Sony Pictures Television have chosen the country as the location for Outlander, a new show about a time-travelling couple.
The production will make use of the UK Government’s new tax breaks for high-end television, with Chancellor George Osborne saying he was “delighted” the programme would be filmed in Scotland.
“We want Britain to be the best place in the world to make films and TV”, the Chancellor said.
Outlander is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon which tell the story of Claire and James Fraser, a couple who time travel between 18th and 20th century Scotland.
It will be set in Scotland, with the production company planning to build a new television studio and production base near Glasgow.
It is estimated the series will employ a local crew of around 200, while an estimated 2,400 supporting roles are expected to be cast from within Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and who has starred in the TV show Doctors, has already been cast in the lead role.
The UK Government announced in 2012 that film tax reliefs would be extended to high-end television industries, animation and, subject to state aid approval, video games.
Tax relief for film has already supported more than 1,100 productions between 2007 and 2012.
Mr Osborne said: “I am delighted that Outlander will be filmed in Scotland, and welcome the extra investment that will be made to the Scottish television industry. I hope that this series will make the most of the stunning landscape and the talented actors, crew and facilities that Scotland has to offer.
“This is an exciting development for television in Scotland and shows the clear benefit of the UK’s high-end TV tax credits.”
They’re building their own production studio for it!!
It’s going to be huge. Sounds like it could be the next ‘Tudors’ type show. They are really throwing some money at it.
I read the first 4 books a few years ago. I’m starting them again and I’ve just picked up the next 4 books!! It’s a great story.
They have cast Sam Heughan in the lead.
I’m a little unsure about him.
I pictured someone a little different playing Jamie Fraser but at 6’3 he’s certainly tall enough!!
I have no idea when the show will air but it’s going to be interesting keeping up with developments until it does.