Starz Greenlights Ronald D. Moore-Produced Adaptation of Outlander Series

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Starz Greenlights Ronald D. Moore-Produced Adaptation of <i>Outlander</i> Series

Starz  will partner with Sony Pictures Television to put together a TV series based on the best-selling Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. The show will be written and produced by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore.

Gabaldon’s seven-book series, which has sold more than 20 million copies and been on the New York Times best-sellers list six times, follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 and forced to marry a young Scottish warrior. The series’ eighth installment is slated to be released later this year.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life,” said Moore. “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.”

The 16-episode first season will begin filming in Scotland this fall, and Outlander is slated to premiere in 2014.