Dear Sony Pictures TV and Ron Moore,
What can I say? I am both stunned and excited to hear the news that you will be creating an Outlander TV series.
First off, I am thrilled that Outlander will be made into a series - and not a film. Only a TV series can properly convey the myriad of detail in the story of Jamie and Claire.
And who has a bigger name than Sony?
And who hasn't heard of Battlestar Galactica?
I have to share something with you, though. Ever since the text came in at 2:25PM (thanks Cari) when I was sitting in the pedi chair at the nail salon, I have been in a state of sheer panic.
As a very recent newcomer to the film industry (that is an understatement), I have witnessed what can be done to a script once the final copy is written. (Is there ever such a thing as a "final copy"?) Characters can be omitted. Story lines can be changed. Backgrounds are sometimes revised so many times, you forget where the hell the character hailed from in the first place.
I think you see where I'm going with this.
As a solid Outlander fan (not the best, aka Karen Henry...not the worst, aka "I just don't get this Jamie guy"), I implore you to do one, simple thing:
Please stick to the story.
I know...I know. Sometimes things look one way on paper and there is no way humanly possible to convey them on screen in the same fashion. I understand that even the most amazing cinematographers are sometimes limited as to what they can actually do with a camera.
I am just asking you to please...PLEASE...stay as honest and true to the story and the characters as you possibly can. Please treat these characters with integrity...and love them as if they were your own family.
Also, please, for the love of ALL that is holy in this world...please do not cast a big time actor to play Jamie Fraser, just because the actor brings in the cash. He has to convey Jamie Fraser's good and bad and everything in between. And throwing ______ or _____ or even ______ into the role is not the way to go. Just because someone's star meter rating over at IMDB is in the top ten, does not mean he's going to be able to put the proper feeling into playing Jamie Fraser.
Lastly...Jamie Fraser's Scots accent has GOT TO BE SPOT-ON.
The Outlander fans will thank you for it at the box office; I assure you. (Or in this case, the cable company!)