“Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Trek” veteran Ronald D. Moore is returning to TV sci-fi, with the upcoming sci-fi series “Outlander.”
Cable network Starz is teaming with Sony Pictures Television to adapt “Outlander” from Diana Gabaldon”s bestselling book series.
The books take place in both the 18th and 20th centuries, with time travel at the center of the plot, which melds sci-fi, historical fiction and romance genres.
Moore and Jim Kohlberg will executive produce, with Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions producing in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in a release. “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.””
Starz has ordered 16 episodes which will start shooting this fall in Scotland.
“Outlander” will premiere sometime in 2014.