Starz has officially announced Tuesday they will be teaming up with Sony Pictures on a 16 episode order of Outlander, based on the internationally best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon. The series adaptation will be written by none other than Ronald D. Moore who is best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica. In 2006, he won a Peabody Award for said work. Moore, also known for his work on both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation, has already crafted the pilot episode with a clear vision of the 16 episode season based solely on the Outlander novel (the first of 7 books in the series).

The “Outlander” novels span the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure in one expansive tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. Oh, and should we also mention the bizarre love triangle (not the song!) that unfolds here?

“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.’”

It looks like Starz is joining the growing trend of adapting well loved book series into television programming. Look out, HBO! You may have some competition here!

Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times best-sellers list six times. The eighth installment of the “Outlander” series is slated to be released in the fall of 2013. Starz plans to premiere the first season of Outlander in 2014!


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