Production on Outlander is scheduled to take place in Scotland from September, 2013.
The news follows word from Starz network, which has ordered Sony Pictures Television’s fantasy, Outlander to series.
The project, from Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Starz, has received a 16-episode order, with production slated to begin in October in Scotland where the books are set.
Outlander is a drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. It follows Claire, a married World War II combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The seven-book series has sold over 20 million copies.
The books have developed passionate fan following, with multiple companies running “Jamie and Claire” tours of Scotland, where they visit locations from the books.
At the beginning of 2014, the Outlander production team contacted the Creative Scotland Locations Service about suitable locations for filming and build space for a large scale set.
A survey of potential build spaces across the central belt was commissioned which then extended to a locations scout across Scotland.
The Outlander team was then introduced to skilled crew members, production and facilities companies with the result of reassuring them that Scotland is capable of sustaining a production of such a large scale.
Caroline Parkinson, Creative Director, Creative Scotland said: “As well as its fantastic locations, Scotland has world-class talent, crews and facilities and it’s fantastic news that the Outlander team has recognised this.
“This is historically, the biggest inward investment made in Scotland through film and TV and has also been prompted by the introduction this year of the high end TV tax incentive which has made the UK incredibly attractive proposition for inward investment.
“As well as delighting Outlander fans, the filming in Scotland where the novels are set, will provide further sustainability for Scotland’s crews and facilities and opportunities to build on current skills and training opportunities.”