Scribe will adapt fantasy novel for Essential Pictures

Ann Peacock has been tapped to adapt “Outlander” for Essential Pictures for a potential franchise based on Diana Gabaldon’s fantasy novels.

Neil Kaplan and Jim Kohlberg are producing for Essential Pictures. Gabaldon’s series of six novels centers on an 18th century Scottish Highlander and his time-traveling wife.

“Outlander” is set at the end of WWII, when an Army nurse takes a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband and finds herself transported back to a time when the clans ruled the Highlands and her husband’s English ancestors are the enemy.

Peacock recently wrote “The First Grader,” the runner up for the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival; it was acquired by National Geographic Entertainment.

Essential Pictures launched two years ago as an expansion of financing-sales shingle Essential Entertainment. The production arm is headed by Kohlberg and former Trilogy Entertainment prexy Kaplan.

Peacock is repped by CAA and Principato-Young Enetertainment.

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