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Battlestar Galactica Guru to Scribe ‘Outlander’ Series For Starz

I am not one for reading novels. Especially fantasy series. I’m that special kind of asshole that says “Meh, I’ll wait till its a movie or TV series”. It’s matter of preference really. I prefer seeing swords and tits on screen than picturing them in my mind, you know? Anyway…

A new book to screen series is in the works. Starz is developing a series based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and they’ve got Ron Moore on board to write it.

Here’s the story via Deadline:

Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Let’s see here. We got time travel, historical fiction, a little romance… oh, and they got Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore to write? How wonderfully outlandish!

Joking aside, given the concept, Ron Moore overseeing, and considering Starz past success with it’s epic Spartacus series, I think we’ve got a show that could potentially rival Game of Thrones.

Deadline

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‘Game of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman on “Arbitrary” Changes Between Books & TV Show

Game of Thrones writer Byran Cogman was recently interviewed by the ladies of The Mary Sue about his work compiling the incredible Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones book and his involvement in the hit series, which, if you’ve been keeping track, returns in 152 days! They were expressly informed not to talk about Season 3, but that doesn’t stop Cogman from including a little insight to next season in a few of his answers,

TMS: Who’s your favorite character in the show and, if you have a different answer, who’s your favorite character to write? Is there a different favorite from the books?

BC: Very hard to choose – I’ve been living with them for so long, I have great affection for all of them (and the actors who portray them). I had a great time writing Theon in Season 2 and I’ve really enjoyed writing Jaime in Season 3. And I always like writing for the kids. There’s a character I love from the books – Aeron Damphair, who we haven’t seen on the show yet, but it’d be fun to get a crack at him. We’ll see.

Everyone should be looking forward to Jaime and Brienne this season. It’ll be a highlight, of that I’m sure. But what of changes between the original text and the show? Some seem arbitrary, what’s the reasoning behind them?

BC: With all due respect to the fans, there is never a single change on this show that’s “arbitrary”. Every change is debated and discussed at length and there’s always a good reason – be it creative, budgetary, etc. D&D [Benioff & Weiss] make decisions in the adaptation based on what’s best for the show. Of course, I’d love everyone to love every bit of the series, but you can’t please everyone all the time.

I like to believe fans are becoming used to the changes and alterations that come with an adaptation. We’re seeing more and more, just look at The Hobbit or The Walking Dead. Both of those properties have and are making extensive changes from their source material, but they’re generally loved by (most) fans.

I don’t know, have you felt the changes from the books made to Game of Thrones are arbitrary and unnecessary? What are you doing to bide you time until Season 3?

Source: Winter is Coming

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Nerdy Bits: ‘Hunger Games’ Bad Lip Reading, Sleep With Thor and Loki, Doctor Who Work Out, Han Solo vs Gangnam Style and MOAR!

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: They’re at it again — the fine folks at All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado are continuing in their crusade to help the victims of the Aurora Theater tragedy with Aurora Rise. This time they had J. Scott Campbell on hand for a signing at their shop and according to the Aurora Rise Facebook page (which you should absolutely like) they raised over $900 for the victims. To learn more about the Aurora Rise cause and how you can help, go to AuroraRise.org.

Would you like to own a Dalek? Well you’re in luck, “Firebox is selling these $5,700 Dalek replicas made from the same molds and specs as the originals by the BBC’s props department.” That’s chump change, but it does come with this warning,

WARNING: The Dalek produced by ‘this planet earth ltd’ is sold purely as a collector’s item. IT IS NOT A TOY. Despite the fact that this reproduction TV prop enables the user to enter the inside of the Dalek, ‘this planet earth ltd’ do not recommend this action. ‘this planet earth ltd’ cannot be held responsible for any injury caused to the owner or any third party during the course of misuse for purpose.

What! You can’t stop me from entering my $5,700 Dalek! [Geekologie]

Wanna cuddle up with Thor and Loki? Shit, who doesn’t! Well, fans of Asgard, bedding next to your two favorite gods can happen. All you gotta do is buy this bizarre Thor and Loki blanket from Etsy. [Nerd Approved]

Feeling fat and lazy while you’re watching Doctor Who, and The Doctor and his companions are running, dodging, jumping all about? Participate in the Doctor Who Workout and always being in TARDIS-travelling shape. [TDW: Geek]

Huh, so maybe that’s why [insert reference to AvX #11] happened? [Nerd Approved]

Florida State University marching band does Game of Thrones. This brings a whole new level to the phrase “band geek”. [TDWGeek]

NES zapper modded to shoot actual lasers. Every duck on Earth just shat itself. [ObviousWinner]

Another day, another Gangam Style parody video. I for one, am pretty sick of these. Gangam Style has quickly turned into this generations Macarena. With that said, imma make an exception for this parody featuring Han Solo. [SlashFilm]

The hilarious dudes and dudettes from ‘Bad Lip Reading’ are back. This time, they verbally insert their funny dubs to The Hunger Games. I really wish they would do WHOLE movies like this. [TheHighDefinite]

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