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Subject: Outlander: The Series
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 2:48 PM ET
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So, did anyone else read about Outlander being adapted for a cable tv series?  


My thoughts: They're truly doomed if they don't nail the casting indecision

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 6:42 PM ET
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Yes, very exciting! I think the success of "Game of Thrones" on HBO really helped move this along (another huge multi-book series with a huge fan base) and that show did a fabulous job on casting. On the other hand, I guess we all have a good idea of how we want Jamie, Claire, Brianna, etc.. to look so it will be a big challenge for the producers.

I'd rather a series than a movie. How does every else feel about it?

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 8:08 PM ET
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I would be happier with a series as well. Gives them more time to tell the whole story, assuming that Hollywood doesn't muck it up.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 10:30 PM ET
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I agree that a series would be much better.  Way too many stories to do even an adequate job in a movie.  At least with a series the writers stand a chance of making us happy!

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 8:02 AM ET
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Agreed, Making it like the Game of Thrones would be awesome! I know I am excited!

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 9:19 AM ET
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I really am curious to see who they cast as Jamie and Claire.  There aren't any actors that match up to my imagining of them.  However, I personally would love to see Jason Isaacs as Jack Randall. cheeky

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 10:32 AM ET
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Yeah, Isaacs would make a great Jack Randall.  He makes a great villain and I've had a soft spot for him ever since he was a bad guy in an episode of my beloved Highlander.

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 4:58 PM ET
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Isn't Frank supposed to look amazingly like Jack? I wonder if they'd get the same actor to play both roles. Jason Isaacs is a good idea. Love him.

Date Posted: 7/18/2012 7:42 PM ET
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I was always under the impression that Diana Gabaldon wasn't keen on making it into a movie. I can sorta see her going for a series, tho, especially as you say after Game of Thrones.

I'm thrilled.

Date Posted: 7/19/2012 6:11 AM ET
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I am on the fence about this. I've had fun casting in theory.  But if they get that wrong it will screw eveything up. I think they will do this in a HBO/Showtime-esque series that is the only way it will work.

These you-tube casting videos are close to who I see playing the parts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ_k79W4Eks , or     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h2sUlAu1UY&feature=related

They aren't dealing with, Twiight or the Hunger Games here, these books have to be adapted really really well not to lose the emotion and the humor. 

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Date Posted: 7/20/2012 7:18 PM ET
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Agreed Jerelyn.  Casting will either make it or break it.   The fans are too rabid to accept anything less than authentic.

Date Posted: 7/21/2012 8:33 PM ET
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I think Sherri has it on the rabid fans part...


I dunno.  Part of me wants to see a series, and part of me wants it kept in my head.

Date Posted: 7/23/2012 11:48 AM ET
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"I personally would love to see Jason Isaacs as Jack Randall."

I don't agree wtih casting Jason Isaacs as Jack Randall.  Nothing against the man, he's a good actor and I agree he looks the part.  But, he played an 18th century British officer villian in The Patriot and it was a very memorable role.  If he were to play Black Jack Randall - another 18th century British officer villain, it would be too similar to the character from The Patriot and I think it would confuse the veiwers and make people think that The Patriot and Outlander were somehow related, which they aren't.