Outlander Prequel Series ‘Blood of My Blood’ Greenlit at STARZ!

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An “Outlander” prequel series, entitled Outlander: Blood of My Blood, based on the love story between Jamie’s parents AND Claire’s parents is currently in development at Starz, the network exclusively revealed on their social media channels.

While fans will certainly be disappointed that Claire (Caitríona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) Fraser’s adventures across time and space will be ending. The show’s prequel series Blood Of My Blood has been greenlighted at Starz and will consist of 10 episodes. No release date has been set.

Outlander: Blood of My Blood, the prequel series to their hit historical drama, has officially started production in Scotland.

Matthew B Roberts will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series. Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, who developed Outlander for television, under their production banner Tall Ship Productions will also executive produce the series alongside Roberts and Story Mining & Supply Company. Outlander: Blood of My Blood is produced by Sony Pictures Television and will be available across all Starz platforms in the U.S. and Canada.

Cast

Harriet Slater (Pennyworth) will portray Jamie’s mother Ellen Mackenzie opposite Jamie Roy (Condor’s Nest) as Jamie’s father, Brian Fraser. Their love story will take place in 18th-century Scotland, preceding the events of Outlander.

Additionally, in a new addendum to the series from what was previously announced, the prequel will also follow the love story of Claire’s parents in World War I-era England. Hermione Corfield (The Road Dance) and Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will tackle the roles of Julia Moriston and Henry Beauchamp.

“We’re thrilled to be telling the stories of these two couples,” said Matthew B. Roberts, the prequel’s showrunner, in a statement. “The origins of their relationships explore universal themes that transcend time periods and we’re so excited for fans to discover and fall in love with these characters and their love stories the way they have with Claire and Jamie.”

Clan Fraser continues to grow in numbers as Tony Curran (Defiance, Red Road) has joined the Starz prequel series Outlander: Blood of My Blood as Lord Lovat, Jamie Fraser’s grandfather, in a series regular role.

“The scripts I’ve read so far are really juicy and interesting, and there’s similar storylines and vibe of Outlander, but obviously it’s a different time,” Curran says, adding that there are “some wonderful actors” in the cast, like “the lovely Jamie Roy” as Brian Fraser, Jamie’s father. “I’m excited to be part of it,” he shares. As leader of the Fraser Clan, Simon is “a bit of a Machiavellian character,” Curran shares. The character is based on a real-life Jacobite who was killed after the Battle of Culloden, depicted in Outlander Season 3.

“He himself was decapitated and apparently was one of the last men to be executed in the United Kingdom in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden,” Curran says (Fraser’s death was the last execution by decapitation in Britain in 1747). “It’s hard to imagine an 80-year-old man fighting in such a bloody battle. But anyway, he was captured and executed … It’s been fun to shoot so far. I’m very excited about it. I know the fans are excited about it, too.”

Fleshing out this world are four more castings:

Rory Alexander (Hulu’s Pistol) as a young Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, Sam Retford (Coronation Street) as headstrong Dougal MacKenzie, Séamus McLean Ross as Dougal’s shrewd older brother Colum, and Conor MacNeill (Industry) as a young Ned Gowan. These roles were originated on Outlander by Duncan LaCroix, Graham McTavish, Gary Lewis and Bill Paterson, respectively.

Joining the cast is Brian McCardie (Time) as the leader of Clan Grant, Isaac; Jhon Lumsden (Karen Pirie) plays his son, Malcolm and a potential suitor for Ellen MacKenzie; Sara Vickers (Watchmen) has been cast in the role of Davina Porter, a housekeeper in the Lovat household and mother to Brian Fraser; and Peter Mullan (Ozark) in the role of Red Jacob MacKenzie, Laird of Clan MacKenzie and father to Ellen, Dougal, Colum, Janet and Jocasta.

Logline

“The series will center on these two parallel love stories set in two different time periods (1714 and 1914), with Jamie’s parents in the early 18th-century Scottish Highlands and Claire’s parents in WWI England.

Exact plot details for what the prequel would focus on are being kept under wraps. Ronald D. Moore, who developed “Outlander” for television, will also executive produce along with Maril Davis under their Tall Ship Productions banner. As with “Outlander,” Sony Pictures Television will be the studio. Roberts is currently under an overall deal at Sony.

Gabaldon previously teased that she is still working on a prequel novel about Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser, the parents of “Outlander” main character Jamie Fraser.

“Outlander is a riveting show that from season to season has captured the hearts of its fans around the world. We are excited to peel back the layers of this vibrant world to bring our audience the origin of where it all began. Matthew, Maril, and Ronald will continue to bring their excellent vision and creativity to this new iteration, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming at Starz

Author Diana Gabaldon Says She’s Not Been Approached Yet To Consult On Prequel Series

On the heels of Deadline’s announcement the Outlander prequel Outlander: Blood Of My Blood is in development at Starz, Diana Gabaldon revealed her participation has not yet been secured. Deadline has reached out to Starz for clarification and will update the story when it’s available.

“As well as working on book ten, I am also working on a prequel book about Brian and Ellen, the parents of Jamie Fraser.

We know the start of their story because Jamie told it to Claire in Outlander, but of course there is a lot more to tell, as the first part of the story takes part during the 1715 Jacobite Rising. The story is woven in with the Jacobite Risings – there will be a lot of clan politics and other interesting things.

Sony and Starz have invested a certain amount of money to the prequel TV show, but is just in development at the moment. A whole season will cost a great deal of money to shoot. However, I have written a three-page synopsis of what I conceive to be the beginning of the book. I gave them that to work off, which they are doing.

Meanwhile I will show them the pieces of the book I am writing. They will use what they can use. That is all assuming the show is green-lit. If it does, I will certainly be involved in it.”

Starz’s President of Original Programming Kathryn Busby clarified Gabaldon’s role in the project

“We’re still working the details out but Diana Gabaldon will definitely be involved,” she shared. “She is a fantastic writer and from season to season, she’s been a pleasure to work with. We are going to keep working with her.”

She also shared an update on what the new project means for the future of the original series.

“[The prequel will] absolutely not [take away Starz’s commitment to the original series]. What we’ve proven with the Power franchise is that we can have different lanes of storytelling around the same base. We believe that we can do that with Outlander as well. They are not mutually exclusive at all.”

Lauren Lyle Reacts to ‘Blood of My Blood’ Spinoff

With one spinoff comes the opportunity for others, something that Lauren Lyle would enjoy.

“I was talking about [how] Marsali’s never time traveled in the main Outlander. Me and César [Domboy], who plays Fergus, have often discussed the fact that ‘Are we the only ones that don’t know about time travel and haven’t time traveled? Why are we in the family and no one’s told us this yet? How dare they.’ I wonder if for the prequel, somehow they need someone to help with something somewhere and Marsali’s got to travel back.”

“I’d be right up for it,” Lyle notes. Understandably, Marsali and Fergus are a pretty progressive couple for the time, following in Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie’s footsteps with their blurry gender roles and passion for life.

Outlander: Blood of My Blood has added 6 new actors to its cast

Sally Messham (A Small Light, The Hunt For Raoul Moat) as “Mrs. Fitz,” Ellen’s maid at Castle Leoch and Murtagh’s aunt. Terence Rae (The Cyclops, Black Dog) will be playing “Arch Bug,” who’s working as a bodyguard to Clan Grant; Sadhbh Malin (Conversations with Friends, Love Rosie) will be playing “Jocasta Cameron,” the feisty youngest child of the MacKenzie clan; and Ailsa Davidson (Heathers, Halo) will be playing her sister “Janet MacKenzie,” the fifth and final MacKenzie sibling.

Additionally, casting for characters set in the 20th century are Annabelle Dowler (The Reckoning, It Takes Two) will play “Lizbeth,” Julia’s boss at the War Department; and Harry Eaton (Extraordinary, Eastenders) as “Private Charlton,” Henry Beauchamp’s fellow soldier and friend.

Keep following us for more news on Outlander Season 6 and its cast!

Chiara

Source: Variety / Deadline / TV Insider

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