Is author Diana Gabaldon a “hands on” participant with the STARZ production?
Well, yes and no. Gabaldon says, “I don’t actually write scripts or direct or anything. I will get two lines in one scene as a cameo. That’s the extent of my actual personal involvement. However, they have been very kind in involving me. They show me scripts. They show me glimpses of this, that, and the other, and they ask my opinion every now and again, although, they are not obliged to accept [suggestions]. But I have been extremely amazed and very touched at the degree to which they trust me.”
Executive producer/writer Ronald D. Moore adds, “It’s reciprocal. She trusts us with something that’s very personal to her. That’s her creation. And it’s my job to interpret and try to develop it for another audience. But it was important from the beginning that we have a good relationship with Diana because we really wanted this. You know, I’m a writer, she’s a writer. As a writer I wanted her to feel proud of what we do with her work, so it’s important from the outset to sort of say, ‘We want you to be one of us. We want to include you. We want to show you things. We want to talk to you and make you feel comfortable all the way through.’”