Essential Launching Outlander Development

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Essential Pictures has launched development of Outlander as a potential franchise based on the Diana Gabaldon series of fantasy novels, reports Variety.

The new company 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.

Essential is also developing romantic comedy Bronwyn and Clyde, with Barry Sonnenfeld in negotiations to direct from a script by Tom Vaughan and Kristy Dobkin.