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Gil Adamson’s The Outlander lands film deal

Gil Adamson’s first novel, The Outlander (published by House of Anansi Press in 2007), has been optioned for the big screen by a trio of production companies from Canada and the U.K.

The production companies involved are London’s Xingu Films, the company behind the sci-fi movie Moon, as well as the Canadian firms Strada Films and Triptych Media. The latter is no stranger to CanLit, having produced adaptations of work by Barbara Gowdy (Falling Angels), David Adams Richards (The Bay of Love and Sorrows), and Matt Cohen (Emotional Arithmetic). The company recently produced a documentary about poet Ryan Knighton’s loss of sight, As Slow As Possible.

While the production is still in the early stages, Triptych’s Robin Cass confirmed that the co-producers will meet with potential screenwriters and directors over the coming months. While Adamson will not be the screenwriter on the project, Cass said she will be involved as a consultant. As for the film’s budget and cast, Cass said we are planning on making this at a significant international level budget-wise and in terms of cast attachments and above-the-line talent.