Ronald D. Moore — a driving force behind the acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” reboot — is turning Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” novels into an original series for Starz.
The premium cable network has ordered 16 episodes ahead of a 2014 premiere. The series begins filming in Scotland this fall.
The news was expected since Moore began staffing a writers room in May and Gabaldon let word of the series order slip at Book Expo America 2013.
Gabaldon’s genre-hopping series already spans seven books, with an eighth due this fall. It follows combat nurse Claire Randall who is transported through time from 1945 to 1743 and forced to marry a Scottish warrior. The mysterious event leaves her torn between her husband in the 20th century and her new life in the 18th century.
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare.”
Moore added, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life. Diana’s created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we’ll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as ‘Outlander.'”