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. 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.'"
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.