In a story from Variety, Essential Pictures has started to develop "Outlander as a potential franchise based on the Diana Gabaldon series of fantasy novels."
Essential is "out to directors with an adaptation from Randall Wallace (Braveheart); the goal is to start production next spring. Gabaldon's series of six novels center on an 18th century Scottish Highlander and his time-traveling wife."
The plan for Essential Pictures is "to develop, finance and produce two to three films a year in the $10 million-$40 million budget range, with some financing coming from foreign sales and domestic partners."
Let the casting discussions begin! Of course, it may be that nothing comes of it, but it would make a lot of people happy if it did happen!