Starz will partner with Sony Pictures to distribute “Outlander,” an new series from Ronald D. Moore, best known for his producing and writing work with the “Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Trek” franchises. Moore will be adapting the series from Diana Gabaldon’s internationally bestselling series of novels.
The premise sounds like a win for a new strong female character, with the story spanning the genres of romance, science fiction and historical adventure. It follows Claire Randall, a married
combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743,
where she is thrown into an unknown world where her life is
threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and
romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate
affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly
different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Chris Albrecht, CEO of
Starz, said of the protagonist that “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. With Diana’s stories guiding us and Ron’s
mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life
for the millions of fans the world over.”
Moore added, “I’m
very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life.
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.'”
This is a good year for Moore, who also had another series, “Helix,” ordered from Syfy to premiere later this year. The network has ordered 16 episodes of the series, which will begin filming in Scotland
this fall. It is slated to premiere on Starz in 2014.