More NYCC coverage coming your way! I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing the awesome Ron Moore (executive producer and writer of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica and several Star Trek series; I love him so) and super cool author Diana Gabaldon, who has written eight Outlander books so far. Starz picked up Outlander as a TV series, and it is currently in production and slated to start in the spring/summer of 2014. Ron and Diana made a great team, and both were so excited and enthusiastic about bringing this beloved series to life.
How did you and Ron start working together, did you seek him out?
Diana Gabaldon: No, he came to looking for me. Someone else, Jim Kohlberg, who is now an executive producer for the show, had an option on my books and I liked him and, as far as it is possible to use to the word “trust” with the world of showbiz people (laughs) I trusted him. He’d read the books four times before coming to talk to me, and in the midst of negotiations he called me up to tell me he felt like he was channeling Murtagh. He originally wanted to make a feature film. He tried – he had the scripts prepared by very good scriptwriters but you just can’t make a two hour film of that book. It just can’t be done and resemble the original in any respect. Eventually, Ron was familiar with the material and interested, but Jim kept wanting to making a feature but he finally gave up, and the time was right.
Ron Moore: I kept meeting with him, and he kept saying he wanted to make it a feature, but I kept telling him “I don’t know what the two-hour version of this is. I just think it’s a TV show.” And he said, “well we’re going to try the feature.” And every year, we literally would check back in and say “how’s that feature coming?” and he’d say “we’re getting there,” and a year and a half ago he finally came in and said, “you know maybe it’s a TV show.” And I said ok! And I called up Sony television, and told them that they have to read these books, and that we were interested and the stars just lined up.
Do you think something like Game of Thrones set the stage for something like this to be able to be made?
Definitely. Existing fanbase, epic story, recognizable material, multiple books, it’s all there.
Hit the jump for the full interview with the crew from the new Starz series, Outlander!