STARZ and Sony Pictures Television are partnering to create Outlander, an original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling books to the small screen in sixteen episodes. Filming will start this fall in Scotland, with the premiere scheduled for 2014. Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore will write the series adaptation, with Moore and Jim Kohlberg serving as executive producers.
“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,” Moore said. “I think we’ll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as Outlander.”
Gabaldon’s seven-book series, which has sold more than 20 million copies, tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back two centuries in time to a world where her life is threatened. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young Scottish warrior, she is torn between two different men and two different lives.