All right girls, which one of you out there sold your soul for Jamie Fraser to finally make it to the big screen? Because you succeeded! According to Variety, Essential Films has optioned the enormously popular Outlander series, and snagged none other than Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace to write it. The script is being shopped out to directors as we speak, with an eye to making it a franchise.

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, Outlanderis a series of historical romance novels by Diana Gabaldon. They center on Claire Randall, a strong-willed English nurse who has just been reuinted with her husband after World War II. While on a second honeymoon, Claire steps through a stone circle and is swept back to 18th century Scotland. She becomes ensnared in the life of the Fraser clan -- and is forced to marry the impossibly handsome Jamie Fraser. And then the sex begins.

While there are a lot of very good adventures and plot twists (and the series is much more historically accurate and well written than the usual bodice ripper), I think we can be honest and admit it was the sex that kept everyone going back. While Claire ostensibly wants to get back to her own time and husband, it doesn't stop her from having fun with Jamie every time there's a flat surface. Of course, it turns out that true love is clad in a Fraser kilt, and all ends reasonably well. I confess, I never read past the second book, so I don't know what further diasters await the passionate couple.

Fans have been clamoring for this series to be made since the first book was published -- and I'm surprised it has taken as long as it has. It couldn't have gotten a more perfect writer than Wallace, that's what makes this positively eerie. Now if Gerard Butler signs on to play Jamie, I'm really going to know the dark arts were involved.
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